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Creative Media Production Btec Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form

Course description

This course provides opportunities for learners to develop skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to the media industries in an applied learning context and give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life. The Subsidiary Diploma is the equivalent to one A level and is studied over two years. It is totally coursework based – there is no exam – so students who take this course will need to be motivated and committed to the subject as well as able to work in a team, independently and to deadlines. It is mainly a practical course developing production skills, although there is a written element where students are required to evaluate their own work and that of the industry.


Unit 1 Pre-Production Techniques for the Creative Media Industries - Weighting 5 & content is Coursework
Unit 2 Communication Skills for Creative Media Production - Weighting 5 & content is Coursework
Unit 3 Research Techniques for the Creative Media Industries - Weighting 10 & content is Coursework
Unit 4 Single Camera Techniques - Weighting 10 & content is Coursework
Unit 5 Film Studies - Weighting 10 & content is Coursework
Unit 6 Music Video Production - Weighting 10 & content is Coursework
Unit 7 Advertisement Production for Television - Weighting 10 & content is Coursework

Future opportunities


The Subsidiary Diploma in Creative Media Production leads on to the full diploma or further education. It also prepares students for work in the media industry and is highly regarded by that industry. It prepares students well for life after school as most careers nowadays have links with the media and a detailed knowledge of the industry will inform a student’s application. Students will also develop transferrable skills of independent research, working in a team, presenting work to a group and taking on a professional approach to project work by accepting responsibility for the roles they have been given.


Further information

As a BTEC this is a two year course and cannot be dropped at the end of year one.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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    • If you are looking to join an excellent Sixth Form where you will achieve good results and have a great time too, Ferndown Upper School is the place for you!

      At Ferndown Upper School we believe that all Sixth Formers are entitled to a full range of activities that include the opportunity to:

      • Participate in main school life and run their own Student Union which organises social events, parties, charity fundraising and improvements to the college block.
      • Enjoy music and sports.
      • Receive clear guidance on future work options and applications to university.

      Every student’s future is important to us, therefore we organise dedicated sessions to provide detailed information on all option choices after Sixth Form. Our Head of Year 13 is also the UCAS co-ordinator at FUS and arranges workshops for students to guide them through the application process to gain entry to university, apprenticeships or employment.

      Furthermore, to ensure that we are offering the best educational and pastoral support, each student is linked to a tutor who will guide them through Sixth Form and will monitor their progress through regular academic mentoring sessions. The tutor is the first contact for students and parents for information and guidance. Tutors can arrange career appointments in school, set in motion information requests to subjects to check academic progress and can organise meetings between students, subject staff and parents.

      The Sixth Form is very much a social community and relations between students and teachers are relaxed and friendly. No two experiences of the Sixth Form are the same, but everyone has much to gain and much to contribute.

      We welcome committed students with ambition. Our most gifted and talented students often progress to the country’s top universities and training establishments, and to promote this students are encouraged to take part in mock interviews with local dignitaries. Our emphasis on taking control and becoming independent learners and thinkers promotes personal growth in all our students. The student community that results is distinctly colourful and energetic.