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Creative Digital Media Production BTEC National Level 3 Extended Certificate at Heaton Manor School

Course description

The new BTEC National in Creative Digital Media Production combines up to date industry knowledge with the right balance of practical, research and study skills students need to succeed in higher education and other careers.

The course has been developed by employers and educators to ensure that students will “hit the ground running” when they move on to the next stage of their lives, whether that’s in to further study or employment.

The Extended Certificate is a two year course and will include a mixture of mandatory content and a range of bespoke units to equip learners with the skills they need in the workplace or specialist higher education courses.

The course is designed to give students an introduction to and an understanding of pre-production techniques used in media industries, develop communication skills and develop software skills and knowledge of media production techniques. 

Course content

The new BTEC National in Creative Digital Media Production uses a combination of assessment styles to give students the confidence to apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace – and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career.

This range of vocational assessments – both practical and written – mean students can showcase their learning and achievements to best effect when they take their next step.

Entry requirements

Grade C in English.


The Extended Certificate has four units of study over two years:

1. Media Representations which is an on screen external exam.

2. Pre-production portfolio which is a coursework module.

3. Responding to a Commission which is an exam board set and marked controlled assessment. It is a practical task tackling an everyday challenge which draws on pre-released information.

4. An optional unit from Web design, Game making, Film production, Radio production or Magazine production.

Future opportunities

The BTEC awards are designed to provide a progression route to higher education and further training or employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heaton Manor School directly.

Last updated date: 27 July 2016

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