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Creative Media Production and Technology Level 3 Diploma at Bath College

Course description

The L3 UAL Diploma and Extended Diploma draws upon approaches to teaching and learning in the arts that have proven successful in preparing students for higher education and employment. Through an immersive and demanding curriculum it will support the transition from general to more specialised study. It will provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or entry level employment in media-related fields. This two-year programme is suitable for successful learners who have gained a merit in the Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media Technology, or for those wishing to join the College or the media course with some prior achievement in media or a related subject.

Course content

During the first year of this course, you will choose to specialise in one of two sector areas: Film Production or Digital Publishing.


The structure of the L3 Extended Diploma is designed to provide an opportunity for those who have an interest in media and communication technology to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education, and as a preparation for future employment.


Study for the qualification will normally be over a period of two years. With units linked to provide coherence, the qualification allows learners to synthesise newly acquired practical skills with theoretical knowledge and understanding as they explore their aptitude and ambition within a broad range of media and communication disciplines. Learners will be encouraged to recognise, not only the unique characteristics of different disciplines, but also the dynamic and potentially innovative relationships between those disciplines.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for this course is four GCSEs at C or above including English, or a UAL/BTEC Level 2 Diploma at merit level (with at least a merit in all core units), or equivalent. Only applicants who can demonstrate talent and commitment to their subject and who prove they are capable of collaborating and communicating effectively will be offered places.


Candidates will be asked to respond to a set brief and bring this work with them to the interview. You must successfully complete year 1 with at least a merit in order to be offered a place on the second year of the Extended Diploma programme.


In the first year of the course, assessment will be used to support and encourage exploration, experimentation and creativity. Assessment will be formative and units will be criterion referenced; grading will not be used. Throughout terms one and two, assessment will be used to support students learning rather than making unnecessary early judgments about performance.


The final unit in year one will be summatively assessed and externally moderated to provide you with a clear understanding of your particular aptitudes and abilities. The final unit will be graded to inform and support progression into year two. You will be able to achieve Fail/Referral/Pass/Merit/Distinction.


Assessment criteria in year two will be designed to generate ‘evidence’ that will support the development of a strong portfolio critical to accessing media related programmes in higher education and facilitating opportunities for employment.


The final grade for the Extended Diploma again will be determined by the outcomes of the final unit, where students will be able to achieve Fail/Referral/Pass/Merit/Distinction. Internal assessment decisions will be verified via external moderation and a final grade will be confirmed.

Future opportunities

Progress on to undergraduate courses in media production, print or broadcast journalism, web design, photography, digital design or careers in a variety of industries that involve elements of TV and radio production, publishing and interactive media.


The Extended Diploma programme has also been developed to support recent changes to the UCAS application system. Unit 11: Preparation for Progression provides you with opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge you need to successfully complete your application and prepare for interviews or alternatively this unit can be used to support a work-based approach for students wishing to progress directly into employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bath College directly.

Last updated date: 02 February 2016

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