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Media - Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Digital Media (OCR) at Allerton High School

Course description

This course will provide opportunities for students to develop their skills in Media. Students will develop their knowledge in the following areas:

  • Skills and knowledge relevant to the television and film industries        
  • An understanding of professional practice in the Media industry.
  • A showreel of portfolio work.
  • An understanding of how the Media industries are structured and how they work.


Course content

You will study 3 mandatory units and 2 optional units.  

The mandatory units are as follows:-

Unit 1 - Media products and audience (90GLH) – Externally assessed

The aim of this unit is for you to develop your understanding of how different media institutions operate in order to create products that will appeal to specific target audiences.

Unit 2 – Pre-production and planning (90GLH) - Externally assessed

By completing this unit, you will understand the pre-production process the creative media industry follows when creating a product. You will learn how to carry out research in the planning stage of a media production and about the various acts of legislation that need to be considered.

Unit 3 - Create a media product (60GLH) – Internally assessed

The aim of this unit is for you to develop knowledge and understanding of the production

processes of producing a media product from one of the following:

• Print-based product

• Audio-visual product

• Audio product

The Optional units are as follows:-

Unit 7 – Journalism and the news industry (60GLH) – Internally assessed

This unit allows you to investigate the contemporary news industry and how audiences receive news. You will also investigate news gathering techniques, research methods and press regulation and have the opportunity to apply this learning to your own work.

Unit 21 - Plan and deliver a pitch for a media product - (30GLH) – Internally assessed

You will choose to focus on either print, audio, or audio-visual media. By completing this unit you will be able to generate ideas for your own media product based on a client brief, pitch your ideas to a client, and be able to respond to feedback to prepare your idea for pre-production.

Unit 22 – scripting for media products (30GLH) – Internally assessed

By completing this unit you will understand scripts and the part they play in a range of media products. Learners will be able to generate a range of ideas and then use one of these ideas to produce a script for a media product, in response to a client brief.

Entry requirements

You should have achieved a minimum of 5 9-5 grades or equivalent including English and Maths.  English at Grade 5 or above is essential.



Work is assessed through a series of assignments, presentations and practical work.

Students are only allowed one re-sit at the exam. External assessment is only done once or twice a year. Units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction, Merit or Pass. 

Future opportunities

With such a variety of skills developed during the length of the course based on practical film making and production management, you would be well suited to any creative degree at university.

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Digital Media course qualifies for UCAS points, so if you complete it successfully you could move on to study for a degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma in related subjects.  You could also go on to relevant employment in one of the many Media fields.


Further information

For further information please contact Mr Bruce on 0113 2034770.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 25

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr B Harding
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 2034770