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Creative and Media - Advanced Diploma at Queensbury School

Course description

What is a diploma?

Diplomas are a very exciting major range of qualifications which are being introduced nationally to students aged 14-19. The Creative & Media Diploma has already been introduced into many schools in South Bradford. For Post 16 students this is a Level 3 course equivalent to 3.5 A levels. Although Queensbury is planning to deliver part of this course, some of the t wo days a week will be spent learning in other partner schools/colleges locally, to optimise the very best teaching & learning resources available. This qualification take up two options in the optionsblocks.

Course content

This is a two year course, leading to 3.5 A Levels in total, including one other full A Level. The diploma is made up of the following:

7 units based round the creative & media industry: the main focus of the learning is likely to be the media industry using some exceptionally good media equipment secured through involvement in the diploma. Each unit will have a project focus, including planning, performing and evaluating each project. Some projects will incorporate the use of complex digital media and camera equipment as part of the assessment.

  • The main content of the course will focus on interactive media, TV, film, radio, animation, photographic imagery, advertising, performance and entrepreneurial and enterprise activities. Students will study cultural, economic and political forces influencing products, distribution and consumption of creative and Media products. Learning will also focus on using materials, techniques, performance and new technologies imaginatively.

Functional Skills in English, Mathematics & ICT (set to be introduced nationally to all 14 year olds in 2010).

An extended project worth 0.5 of an A Level designed to develop independent learning skills.

An additional A Level chosen from the option blocks at Queensbury, and added into the diploma at the end of the course.

Links with industry are strong, with local employers involved in planning, delivery and assessment of the projects.

Learning is quite practical in nature & students will develop relevant skills & knowledge in the creative & media industry which should make them attractive to employers.

Students will be required to complete 10 days work experience in a related field

Students will need to complete their personal learning and thinking skills specifications, including teamwork, investigation, self-management and independent inquiry

Entry requirements

At least a minimum of 5 GCSEs, 2 grade Bs & 3 grade Cs, including gradeC or above in English & grade C or above in Maths, & the related subjects, if these have been taken previously. A separate application process is required as this is a partnership offer & the course may be over subscribed.

To progress onto the second year, you need to gain at least a pass grade from the first year.


One unit per year will be externally assessed. For example, an externally set pre-release material with questions set by the awarding body. The other units will be mainly coursework internally assessed and moderated by the awarding body.

You will need to pass Functional Skills qualifications in English, Maths & ICT, as well as an Extended Project.

Future opportunities

This qualification can be used to apply for any related university degree course, or other university degree course. It can be used as a career step towards further training or employment in the creative and media industry.

Further information

Contact Mr Gray for further information.

This course develops links with industry and has some dedicated Work Experience related to the learning area. It is designed to develop independent learning and is based on practical work and project work. One unit is externally assessed each year.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 2 years