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Creative and Media Diploma at Netherhall Learning Campus

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The Level 2 Diploma in Creative and Media is delivered for Kirklees Collegiates by Rawthorpe High School.  (The Level 1 Diploma is delivered by Batley Girls` High School and Visual Arts College in association with Westborough High School in partnership with Earlsheaton Technology College). You need a whole range of skills in life, as well as academic achievement. The Diploma helps you to develop the skills and experience that employers and universities are looking for, and really value. And you can do this without committing yourself to a career in a particular work area. Studying for the Diploma will be different to the normal school or college day that you’re used to. As well as learning in the classroom, you will spend time in an environment more like a workplace, such as a workshop, and do work experience with an employer. You could also spend time outside your normal school or college, perhaps attending another one in your area. You’ll develop skills that include creative thinking and teamwork, alongside English, maths and ICT. When you’ve completed your Diploma course, you can choose to do further study then go on to college or university; or into a job and training. The Creative and Media Diploma is an exciting practical course for students who enjoy creative work in the field of Music, Art, Performance, Dance or Media. As part of the course you will be able to choose between disciplines in the creative subjects and have direct experience of relevant work placements. Students choosing to take a Diploma in Creative Media will complete a series of compulsory and optional courses, all designed to give you valuable knowledge, skills and experience. Compulsory Elements All the Creative and Media Diploma courses teach students to be aware of their surroundings and how this can affect what they create. The programme encourages you to think and work creatively, giving you the practical skills to bring your ideas to life. A focus on Creative Businesses and Enterprise places creative work within a business context and teaches you the skills to succeed at work. Along with core elements, you’ll also learn how to work with other people and express yourself confidently in a work environment. And towards the end, you will complete a final Student Project to show that you can apply the skills you’ve learnt in a work context. Diploma students also develop a good standard of functional English, Maths and ICT. This broad mix of knowledge, understanding and skills will equip you for college and university or employment. At Foundation and Higher level, you can choose a subject that broadens your study programme – perhaps a language or a science.

Entry requirements

Students will need: • A keen interest and commitment to Business • Achievement at level 5 in English, Maths and Science SATS • To aim to achieve grade C at GCSE • A good report from your school including good attendance and punctuality • Completion of a Collegiate Profile 


The creative elements of the diploma are based on course work portfolios which can be submitted as the course progresses. Some units are externally assessed. In addition to the practical units there will be an assessment in numeracy, literacy and ICT. At the higher and foundation level students will choose additional GCSEs to study, these will form part of the Diploma qualification.

Future opportunities

The Diploma was developed with employers to help you get the skills and knowledge you need to do well in any job. One of the best things about a Diploma is that it gives you the knowledge and skills that employers and universities are looking for while still keeping your options open. So you can decide whether to go on to further study or into a job with training…or both. And you will have a much better idea of the type of career you want to follow.  Taking a Diploma can be the first step towards advanced courses, college or university. If you do an Advanced Diploma, universities will regard it as broadly equivalent to three and half A levels. For more information:

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: 12 December 2014
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