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Star Radio Academy – Broadcast and Digital Publishing 90 Credits and Extended Diploma Level 3 at Darlington College

Course description

Level 3 Btec Diploma in Creative Media Production – 1 year

Level 3 Btec Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production – 2nd year

This unique learning experience is ideal for talented would-be journalists, broadcasters and marketeers who want to gain Level 3 qualifications, taught by industry professionals.  This course will give students a dynamic and exhilarating live work experience within broadcasting. Students will have opportunities to meet and interview ‘real stars’/help Star to create the day’s news/ be involved in programming for shows…giving them very practical experience, crucial for CVs.

The Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels and allows you to progress to any university Hons Degree, subject to grades.

See yourself as a journalist, press officer or publicist?  This may be the course for you.

*You will be required to participate in trips and visits which may incur costs. You be notified of any trips and visits in a timely manner.

Course content

Teaching and learning is achieved by using a range of methods including formal classes, set tutorial periods, workshops and live broadcasts to support many of the unit assessments.

The provisional units planned are: News Production for Radio; Factual Programme Production for Radio; Photography; Video Production; Understanding the Media Sector; Communication skills; Copy Writing; Layout and Design.

* These units may be subject to change and are only representative at this time. We do endeavour to keep our units as accurate as possible. You will be provided with a finalised full course overview at Connecting to College.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A*-C including GCSE English or an appropriate level 2 qualification (at a merit if graded) and a satisfactory school report.
We will request a school or college report and you will attend an interview at the college.


Continuous assignment assessment

Future opportunities

Career opportunities exist to enter the industry at junior level in many job roles, including:

  • Broadcast journalist
  • Publicist
  • Press officer
  • Media marketing executive
  • Public relations manager
  • Media advertising director

We do recommend further study, such as an NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, if you are wishing to progress within these roles.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 March 2016
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