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Creative Digital Media Production Extended Certificate Level 3 BTEC at Turton High School & Sixth Form College

Course description

Media Studies is a very important subject, combining aspects of Politics, Sociology, History and Business. It encourages creativity, teaches analytical skills and introduces students to critical ways of thinking about the world around them. These talents are highly valued by colleges, universities and employers. We will encourage you to engage with debates surrounding the role of the media and its industries and audiences by studying a range of contemporary texts. In addition to helping you acquire subject knowledge the course develops research skills and decision-making. Media Studies combines practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding through personal engagement with many opportunities for you to investigate your own interests.

Course content

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production



Equivalent in size to one A Level. 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%).



Units taught


Media Representations - EXAM

Pre-Production portfolio

Responding to a commission – EXAM

Digital Magazine Production

Entry requirements

At least level 4 in English Language or English Literature



There are three forms of assessment:

  1. External - (exam) The exams take place under specified exam conditions, it is then externally marked by the exam board (Pearson) and a grade is awarded by them. The external exams can be re-sit only once.
  2. Internally-assessed units - (coursework) Although work will be assessed by your teacher, it will also be second marked by an external verifier. Therefore you will be given tasks to do before your assignment which will be marked in preparation for your final assignments. You will need to meet the criteria of either a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. The work must be handed in within the set deadline and you will be awarded a grade.
  3. Synoptic assessment - For some assignments within some of the units you will be assessed based on applying an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the media as relevant to the task. Drawing upon examples referring to realistic contexts and scenarios.

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What could this qualification lead to?

Media is not only a part of our every day lives, it is also a big part of businesses across all sectors! Al companies need to advertise in some form in order to attract business, so no matter what career or field you wish to pursue having some knowledge of how to do this will always be beneficial to you.  Whether you are an entrepreneur (business owner) or working for a company. Having an understanding of the target market and how to attract them,whilst keeping your audience engaged in your product or service, is really important to the success of a business.

There are of course media related roles, but the jobs and skills are so diverse, that this list below is not exhastive. However, below you will find a few media positions, to provide you with an idea of what you could become in the 

Camera operator
Games developer
TV/Radio producer 
Newspaper/magazine editor
Graphic designer
Web designer
Advertising/marketing manager

The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by Higher Education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two year programme of learning, and it combines well with a large number of subjects. It will support entry to University courses. However, for learners wishing to study an aspect of creative media in HE, alongside other subjects, please see the example below:

  • BA(Hons)MarketingandCommunication(whentakenalongsideegAlevelsinBusiness and English Language) 

Further information

How does the qualification provide employability skills?

In the BTEC National units there is plenty of opportunity to practice and develop emplyability skills due to the fact that the assignments within the units expect you to apply the following skills.

  • cognitive and problem-solving skills : use critical thinking,approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology

  • intrapersonal skills : communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation

  • interpersonal skills : self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

    There are also specific requirements in some units for assessment of these skills where relevant. For example, where learners are required to undertake real or simulated activities.

How does the qualification provide transferable knowledge and skills for higher education?

All BTEC Nationals provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare you for progression to university. The transferable skills that universities value include:

• the ability to learn independently
• the ability to research actively and methodically
• being able to give presentations and being active group members.

BTEC students can also benefit from opportunities for deep learning where they are able to make connections among units and select areas of interest for detailed study.

BTEC Nationals provide a vocational context in which you can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular degree courses, including:

• reading varied texts
• audio-visual literacy
• effective writing
• research and analytical skills
• creative development
• preparation for assessment methods used in degrees. 

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: 06 December 2017
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    • Turton Sixth Form is located on Chapeltown Road, Bromley Cross.  The college is across the road from Bromley Cross train station, and is on a direct line 8 minutes from Bolton.  Buses from Bradshaw, Sharples, Smithills, Edgworth, Belmont and Astley Bridge regularly run past the school.