What is the BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production?
This is a practical course for those who wish to work in the media industry. The world of film, television and radio is continually changing and there is a need to develop skilled, confident practitioners for the digital age. BTEC assignments are based on realistic work-place scenarios which will develop your practical and personal skills as well as giving you valuable knowledge about the way the media industries work.
Is the BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production suitable for me?
If you are committed to working in the media the BTEC offers an exciting way to develop the necessary skills and knowledge for your chosen career. The course is structured around a series of projects: assessment is continuous rather than exam based. You will need to enjoy working in teams, using your initiative and working independently.
How will I learn?
Learning happens in a variety of ways: through class-room based lessons, workshop activities, independent study and, where possible, work-placements. The course requires a very high level of commitment and flexibility. You will be encouraged to experience a wide range of roles and responsibilities. As well as creating TV programmes using professional-standard media equipment you will also develop important life-skills such as time-management and effective team-work.
How will I be assessed?
You will study a total of 13 units during the two years of the course. Assessment includes the production of portfolios, presentations, practical projects, and staff observations. The majority of the units are internally marked coursework, however exams are also a part of the course, as are controlled assessments with external marking.
For each unit you complete you will be awarded a Pass (P), Merit (M), or Distinction (D) grade. As this qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels, you will also be awarded an overall grade consisting of three grades – such as PPP, MMP, or D*DD.
Students must complete and pass the first year to progress to the second year.
Many students choose to continue their studies at university, specialising in areas such as Editing, Digital Film Production and Make-up for Film and TV.
Others go straight into the media industries, working as production assistants, researchers, sound engineers and camera operators for film and television companies. Several graduates of the BTEC course have set up their own freelance production companies.
Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively if you have studied at level 2 you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework. To study this course you should have an interest in creative subjects.
You are not required to have studied Media at GCSE but you will need to demonstrate a real enthusiasm and commitment to pursuing a career in this area.
£100 deposit for use of equipment, of which £25 will be retained for consumables
2 gb memory stick
If the costs of equipment, materials and trips cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.
Media Studies gives you a chance to learn how to interpret the wealth of media products which surround us. It requires critical skills and the ability to analyse in depth aspects of popular culture. We look at how texts (e.g. programmes, magazines and films) are constructed and explore their social, historical and political context.
Is Media Studies suitable for me?
If you are interested in magazines, advertising and the world of television and online media, this course is for you. You will focus on interpreting how messages are packaged for audiences and learn how to write about these matters in an academic way. Students particularly enjoy transferring their analysis into practical projects such as TV adverts and music videos, which they might undertake for coursework.
Current Media Studies students say:
"The technical equipment helps with presentations, making them more visual. This also helps with understanding and learning."
This subject is exciting, interesting and challenging."
How will I learn?
Lessons will vary from formal lecture style teaching to small group work, student research and presentation projects. Teaching is always interactive and due to the subject matter we expect students to bring their own experience of the media to discussions.
The media department is well resourced with its own TV studio, computers, DTP software, digital cameras and editing software. Homework will include background reading from academic textbooks, essay writing and research projects. We expect a student to undertake a minimum of 4 to 5 hours of independent study a week.
How will I be assessed?
Component 1: Meanings and Representations in the Media – written exam 2 hours 30%
Component 2: Media Forms and Products in depth – written exam 3 hours 40%
Component 3: Cross Media Production Coursework – 30%
The course prepares you for a number of academic or vocational routes. It is a useful grounding in theory for those students who want to take a practical course at university. It should be noted that this AS/A Level course is largely an academic course and will not provide you with a portfolio of practical work. Many students go on to study film or cultural studies or more vocational areas such as public relations, advertising and communications.
Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.
You need to have an active interest in the world of media and enjoy watching films, TV and reading newspapers.
All students will be expected to provide their own stationery. Any further costs are outlined below:
Essential: £20 for textbooks.
Desirable: Costs for the practical work are estimated to be around £10 per student.
There is a £20 refundable deposit for use of equipment such as cameras and tripods.
If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.