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About the course

The qualification has been designed for those who have an interest in media, often a specific discipline such as games design, who wish to explore and extend this interest via a full-time, immersive learning experience. Many students will have identified a specific career in the creative industries that they wish to progress to (e.g. games designer, app designer, broadcast technician, cameraman, director etc), using this qualification as a starting point.

This is a combined practical and theory based work-related course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands and you will develop the skills you need to start a career.

Entry requirements

Diploma – 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including grade 4 in Maths or in English Language or Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media at Pass or above.
Students are invited to interview and asked to bring a portfolio of work with them that must include a selection of your best media written work.

Extended Diploma – 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including grade 4 or above in English Language and Maths, or Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media at Merit or above.

You will be invited to interview and asked to bring a portfolio of work with you that must include a selection of your best media written work.

How much does it cost?

Courses are free to 16-18 year olds. Reduced fees may be available for 19+ learners.

Charge of £100 for the 1 year programme or £200 for the 2 Year programme. Fees cover the costs for media equipment, studios, Mac/PC editing software, exhibitions and compulsory trips.

Awarding Body

UAL (University of the Arts London)

Why study?

You will learn a wide range of media skills, including filming, scriptwriting, animation, radio and print-based media. On successful completion you can progress onto undergraduate degrees in a wide range of media subjects. The media industries offer a selection of jobs in areas like film, TV, advertising and marketing.

The qualification is made up of nine units and students must successfully complete eight of them; seven are mandatory and one unit is optional from a choice of two. All units relate to the creative media sector, all are delivered through vocational learning,

Where will this course take me?

Careers such as journalism, publishing, film and TV production, marketing and public relations. higher education in subjects such as Media or Journalism.

Core modules

The units focus on the skills, knowledge and understanding that support all creative media production and technology activity. The units have been designed to allow colleges to deliver them in a way that meets the specific needs of their students, taking into account the college resources, relationships with local creative employers and responding to the fast-paced nature of the creative industries.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via a Final Major Project which takes place at the end of the course when you are at your best. This large project allows you to demonstrate all the learning that has taken place through completion of the other units. This unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and determines the overall qualification grade.

Will I have to provide anything?

Charge of £100 for the 1 year programme or £200 for the 2 Year programme. Fees cover the costs for media equipment, studios, Mac/PC editing software, exhibitions and compulsory trips.

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