LEVEL 3: EXTENDED DIPLOMA (BTEC)
EXAMINING BOARD: PEARSON
Do you love films, TV, social media, advertising, special effects, animation, music videos, radio, and being creative?
This course will prepare you for a career in the Media, building practical skills and knowledge that can be used in whatever area interests you most.
You learn through research and individual and group practical work about a wide range of media products.
Each year we also take select groups of Media students to Glastonbury Festival to work on the Woodsies Stage, setting up, filming and directing the first few bands each day!
This course is equivalent to three A Levels and carries the same UCAS points tariff. You will not study additional subjects within your core Study Programme.
All students can also attend our weekly film club or join our Media Crew, where you get the chance to work on video productions, produce promotional materials for businesses, and record live event multi-camera coverage of performances.
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
- Preproduction work across; film, TV, radio, gaming, the internet, and press
- Camera, sound and lighting production skills
- Social media and marketing
- Media analysis and theory
- Media products & audiences
- Create a media product
- Advertising media
- Preproduction & planning
- Social media
- Visual & special effects
- Promo production
- Web design
- TV & short film production.
As a minimum, you will need (or equivalent to);
- GCSE Mathematics grade 4
- GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4
- plus three more GCSEs at grade 4.
This course is 100% coursework assessed.
Projects may include creating:
- 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 on 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 and skills in a chosen area and some decide to enter the digital media sector immediately.
Students have set up their own video production companies, begun Media Apprenticeships (e.g. Digital Marketing and secured employment in positions such as Runner, Production Assistant, or Production Manager, working at companies such as Heart FM or Warner Bros.
Popular careers include working in Camera Operations, Graphic Design, Television Production, Editing, Advertising, Film Production, Sound Production and Radio.
Will I be filming and editing every day?
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 your career.