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Media Production (Television & Film Production) (BTEC Level 3) at New College Swindon

Course description

This course has been developed to prepare you for a media-related job. It is an essential foundation for anyone wanting a career in the highly competitive field of film and television. You will learn to produce content for film and television, as well as developing the core skills of research, communication and teamwork. These are vital skills within the media industries, and also provide a strong foundation for employment in any field.

You will learn about the industry and how media products are created and used by consumers. You will then apply that knowledge to your own productions and case studies.

You will achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification, as well as the opportunity to develop skills, techniques and personal qualities essential for a successful career in the world of film and television.

Course content

You will study one core unit and seven production units. The core unit will provide you with the opportunity to develop research and communication skills, gain a basic understanding of employment opportunities, job requirements and working practices in the media sector and develop an understanding of how media products are constructed for specific audiences or markets.


  • Year 1
  • Work in small groups to produce a factual item for a magazine show (i.e. The One Show).
  • Create short films during workshops on a residential trip.
  • Learn research skills by completing a music video case study.
  • Produce your own music video, for a song of your choice.
  • Study films, directors, and the film industry, and analyse how films create meaning.
  • Use all of the research and productions skills to create a promotional video on a subject of your choice.


  • Year 2

You will draw from and build upon what you learnt in Year 1 as you work on various film-making projects, during which you will develop your skills in the different filmmaking specialisms:

  • Director
  • Producer
  • Writer
  • Camera operator/lighting
  • Editor
  • Sound recorder/designer

You will then use this to develop your own career development material, including a CV and showreel.

The production units will enable you to start building the technical skills and knowledge

relevant to the media industry.  Group work will be particularly important in these units, reflecting the real working practice in the industry. During the course you will be able to apply your own knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to the subject. Assessment is ongoing, which will motivate you to analyse and improve your own performance. Your energy will be focused and your hard work will be rewarded.

Entry requirements

You will need to have minimum qualifications of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, with higher grades preferred. You must have a minimum of a C in English Language and Maths.  However, students with proven initiative, good time management skills and the ability to work with others could also be considered.


All assessment is by coursework – there are no exams. This means that all your coursework will count towards your final grade. There is also an important element of group work. You will work closely with your tutors, who will regularly evaluate and discuss your progress.

Future opportunities

You can progress onto university and further study on completion of the full L3 Extended Diploma. Opportunities exist in a wide range of areas such as, animation, commercials, computer games, corporate production, interactive media, photo imaging and publishing, as well as the more obvious TV and Film. A Cambridge Tech encourages achievement and can open doors to enable learners to move directly into employment, or University.  Competition is tough and employers are looking for people who can demonstrate a genuine commitment to a career in the media industry.


The Cambridge Technical Level 3 also prepares you for any career in which communication skills, the ability to work productively as part of a team, or creative thinking are important.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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