this course takes two years to complete. In this course students work across different professional foundation media practices, as photographers and video producers, journalists and creative writers, graphic designers and
animators, advertising copy-writers and art directors, social media marketeers and web-designers, and then specialise in one or more of these practices for a future career.
This course is equivalent to 3 A-Levels, an academic and vocationally creative equivalent, much preferred by employers and higher education because students progressing from a BTEC Level 3 Creative Media course 'know what they are doing'.
The course units are continuously assessed, throughout the 2-year course plan, and unlike A-Levels and other BTECs this course is non-tested, without Awarding Body exams.
During the course you will study and be assessed on a variety of 'production projects' that combine course units together, so that you complete many units in the one 'production project'.
'Production Projects' more often than not include you being critical and inspired by the work of professionals, media artists, media philosophers or media law-makers and you will need to write Subject Reports for this.
Then a 'Production Project' goes into the 'Research Phase', so that you can write and become familiar with the subject or themes that your media production ideas are about and to also get to understand what audiences, viewers and readers prefer, want, and need.
The next part of a 'Production Project' involves writing professional ideas creation and planning documents, legal and finance plans.
In the final phase of a 'Production Project' creative and expressive idea are realised as a graphic and journalism magazine, drama script for television and cinema, video and photography advertising, a social media marketing plan and a web-site, a music video, moving image graphic animation and factual video documentary.
What are the entry requirements?
You will need an English and / or Maths qualification at Level 2, GCSE grade 4 or above in one or ideally both subjects or Functional Skills.
You will need at least 4 GCSEs grade 4 or above and this can include English and or Math.
Alternatively, you will need a full Level 2 BTEC, in any subject with an overall Merit grade, although an overall Pass Grade in Level 2 Media, Radio, IT, Multi-media, or Art and Design can be used to apply to the course with, if there are some units at Merit grade.
You will need to commit to between 3 – 12 hrs a week homework.
How is the course taught?
Your course will consist of you learning through your own experiences, experiential learning.
You will be given demonstrations on how to operate technology and given technical support and time to learn, when you need it, and likewise for media writing you shall be given guidance and support.
You will be given information and guidance by lecturers and visiting professionals, and you will be working on PC workstations, in a video and photography studio, video and audio edit suites, seminar rooms and an Apple-Mac based design studio.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed for project work and course unit assignments.
There are no tests.
You will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction for the quality of work produced for course unit assignments.
Course unit assignments must meet course deadlines to avoid course unit 'Retakes'.
What support is available?
Our qualified tutors will support and guide you in the classrooms/workshops and through tutorials as they help you to develop the skills and techniques required in industry. Learning Support is also available for those with learning difficulties/disabilities; please let us know on application if you require this service. If you need help or advice on other matters such as welfare and finance, please contact our Course Information Centres at Willesden or Wembley Park.
What social activities can I take part in?
We offer a programme of social and sports activities to all our students; full information is available from the Student Room at your centre of study. Student rooms are available for those who want to play games, meet up with friends or just chill.
What facilities and resources are available?
A range of snacks, hot and cold foods are available to purchase in the canteen and café facilities, as well as vending machines. Halal meat and washing facilities are available at both centres. We have Quiet Rooms for those preferring to reflect. LRCs (libraries) are available at both centres, are fully equipped with a wide range of learning materials and have qualified friendly staff to support you.
What else should I know?
We take part in a range of national and regional competitions annually, in a wide range of subject areas for those keen to show off the skills they have gained on their courses. Competition entry is not compulsory and does not apply to all subject areas; please ask your tutor if it applies to your course.