In this course BTEC Extended Diploma in Media students can specialise in either: Advertising Production, Photography, Video, Journalism, Music Video, Documentary Social Media, Interactive Media, Magazine Design, Graphics or Animation. This course combines making high grade, near
professional media products, with the study of professional media products and journalism, marketing and social media platforms. After successful completion of the first year units you will be awarded a Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to 1 GCE Advanced Level). In the second year you will continue to complete all required units for the Level 3 Extended Diploma (equivalent in total with the Subsidiary Diploma to 3 GCE Advanced Levels). Successful completion of all units in the second year will enable you to apply for higher education courses, including university and/or employment. This is an exciting industry to work in and the skills you learn are easily transferable to a wide range of job roles.
You will, over the 2-year programme, study units such as: • Social Media • Music Video • Narrative Drama • Factual Video (News and Documentary) • Advertising Production • Animation • Single Camera Techniques • Editing Techniques • Understanding Media Industry • Page Layout (Magazine) • Photography • Film Study • Production Management • Working to Professional Brief and Research • Writing for Television • Marketing and PR • Graphics for Print • Critical Studies • Small Business Study
What are the entry requirements?
You will need at least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above and English and Maths skills at Level 2. If you do not have evidence of your English and Maths levels you will be given an online English and Maths assessment after you submit your application. You may also be asked to complete a piece of free writing or a vocational assessment. If you meet the entry requirements you will then be offered an interview with a tutor to discuss the course.
How is the course taught?
You will be learning through your own experiences by producing media products and through assessment feedback from your lecturers. You will be taught in classrooms, design and IT suites, graphics and photography studios. You will be taught in active learning environments with seminars, workshops, group work exercises, paired work, role play and with guided learning.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed for each unit through assignments and coursework. The grading on this course is to Pass, Merit or Distinction Level. Grades can be improved throughout the course.
The application process
You can apply online or phone us on 020 8208 5050 and request an application form. Alternatively, you can call into our centres at Willesden and Wembley Park and collect a form in person. Application forms are also available in our Prospectus.
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.