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This course is suitable for anyone who has a passion about Media and Film.

You can select to study either an Extended Certificate or Extended Diploma:

The Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and when combined with other suitable subjects would enable progression into careers or higher education courses that require knowledge of technical media skills or an understanding of communications.

The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels and carries the same UCAS points tariff, so you will not study additional subjects within your core Study Programme. This course is ideal for those looking to progress on to media based careers.

Everything you do on this course has a vocational context to develop your ability to apply your knowledge and practical skills to succeed in workplaces across a variety of media industry sectors. We aim for you to leave the course with the skills and experience to work as a Runner or in junior production positions in media companies, or to further develop your learning in a Media-related degree or Apprenticeship.

The qualification is structured so that you are assessed through internally marked written, planning and production coursework, along with externally assessed exams.

As part of the course you will be challenged to produce a film sequence and a range of adverts for a campaign for TV, radio, online and print. If you opt to study the extended diploma, you will also explore social media, cinematography, radio, visual & special effects, animation, promo production, web design and TV & short film production.

You can also get involved with a number of media-related enrichment activities like our weekly film club or join the Media Crew, where you get the chance to work on video productions in College and work with local business to produce promotional videos and live event multi-camera coverage of gigs and drama pieces. We also are lucky to be able to take students to the Glastonbury Festival each year, to work in the video crew on the John Peel Stage, setting up, filming and directing the first three or four bands each day – an amazing opportunity!

On this course you will study the following topics:

  • How films, from different production contexts, are created to appeal to their target audiences
  • How to plan, shoot and produce film sequences and advertisements etc.
  • Planning and pitching ideas
  • Working creatively to come up with ideas
  • Pre-production work across; film, TV, radio, gaming, the internet, and press
  • Scriptwriting
  • Camera, sound and lighting production skills
  • Social media and marketing
  • Media analysis and theory

Extended Certificate

Units included:

  • Media products & audiences
  • Create a media product
  • Advertising media
  • Pre-production & planning

Extended Diploma

Additional units included: 

  • Social media
  • Cinematography
  • Radio
  • Visual & special effects
  • Animation
  • Promo production
  • Web design
  • TV & short film production.

You will need (or equivalent to):

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C or above
  • GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4/C or above
  • plus three more GCSEs grade 4/C or above

It is recommended you have:

  • GCSE English grade 5

The course comprises of a combination of internally assessed coursework units and externally assessed examined units.

There are many ways in which coursework may be submitted. These might include any combination of:

  • A report (written or verbal)
  • A blog or magazine article
  • A presentation
  • A practical project
  • A display or visual material (poster, leaflet etc.)
  • A video or audio recording
  • A video guide
  • A completed media production
  • Production documentation

Many students progress onto university to study subjects such as Media Production, Advertising, Film Studies, TV Production, Digital Marketing, Film Production, Journalism and Radio Production.

The course allows you to develop specialist knowledge, understanding and skills in your chosen area, to prepare you for employment in the digital media sector. A number of students choose to move directly into employment after Huish. Past students have set up their own video production companies, begun Media Apprenticeships (e.g. Digital Marketing) or secured employment in Media Production positions such as a Runner, Production Assistant or Production Manager for Warner Bros, Heart FM and various other production companies.

Popular careers after this course include working in Camera Operations, Graphic Design, Television Production, Editing, Advertising, Film Production, Sound Production and Radio. 

Will I be filming and editing everyday? 

Whilst you will have plenty of opportunities to use your creativity and develop your technical skills there are still some written elements of the course. The course is structured to help you build a variety of skills you will need in industry. 

Are Vocational qualifications easier than A Levels?

No, the subject knowledge you acquire will be at the same level. They are assessed differently to A Levels to make them more appropriate for progression into the industry and this may suit some learners better but they will require the same dedication. 


In the past our students have had the opportunity to work at Glastonbury Music Festival. The below documentary was produced by Huish students and featured in the 2020 Virtual Glastonbury Festival.

On the course will be opportunities to gain work experience and you can join Media Crew as an enrichment activity to develop projects further.