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Media Level 2 Diploma at Newbury College

Course description

This one year course provides you with the opportunity to study a wide range of interactive media topics. You will be able to develop visual, technical and practical skills that enable you to progress to further study and creative media roles.. You will complete six units to enable you to learn about the media industry and to develop technical and design skills in audio, visual and website design.



Most of the information you receive in society is communicated via the media. Media Studies teaches the skills needed to deconstruct texts in order to recognise the true nature of the messages and values being broadcast to you.

Studying this subject will teach you how social, economic and political factors shape and structure the media and how the media, in return, shapes and structures power relationships in society. In addition, every company worth its salt now requires the kind of communication and marketing skills taught in this subject. Last, but not least, Media Studies is a hugely enjoyable subject that you will find revealing and relevant to your life.

During the course you will study six units which will introduce you to basic techniques of print production, photography, television and film. You will develop ways of looking at and analysing media, studying products such as print products and television documentaries. Key practical skills covered include video camera operation, lighting and editing. Your studies will focus on working as part of a production team to create media products based on current creative industry practices.

You will also complete a skills project which will build your confidence and your employability skills as well as covering subjects such as equality and safeguarding which are designed to broaden your knowledge of these subjects and help with your employment potential.

Entry requirements

Students will need to have five GCSE passes at grade D or above, preferably including Maths and English. Alternatively, students will be accepted onto the course if they have an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level1. All students must have achieved, or show the ability to achieve, Maths and English to D or equivalent. Where a student has not yet fulfilled this requirement a functional skills qualification is a mandatory part of this course.


This is a practical course with assessment throughout the year. You will produce a portfolio of work. At the end of the course, each unit grade counts towards overall achievement for the qualification. Students will be assessed by a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and tests set by the Course Team. Students will produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units. Assignments set will have an agreed hand in date that will need to be met in order to meet the awarding body guidelines. Some units will also need you to complete externally set and marked assessment material in addition to your portfolio work.

Future opportunities

Successful learners will gain the opportunity to progress on to the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Interactive Media, IT or enter directly into employment or gain an Apprenticeship.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 May 2016

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