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Media OCR Cambridge Level 2 Technical Diploma at St Brendan's Sixth Form College

Course description

This is a one year vocational course, designed to develop practical skills. It provides a new qualification for employment in the Media sector. It will begin to reveal, through hands-on activities, just how much the Media shapes and influences who we are.

The course is equivalent to four GCSEs and is a recognised qualification which links with the level 3 Media A-level, and would also offer a good set of skills for other A-level courses, in particular Film and Photography.

Course content

Lessons are a mixture of practical workshops, hands on project work in groups and theory based lessons aimed to provide you with the required skills to underpin your own creative work.  All tasks will be as close to real life working projects as possible, and often based on ‘live’ industry briefs.

  • Unit 1 Introducing Media Products and Audiences
    You will study what the media produces, how it communicates to its audiences and how media companies work ‘behind the scenes’.
  • Unit 13 Planning and producing a Media Product
    You will develop Magazine articles and front pages using your own articles, photographs and graphics.
  • Unit 31 Photography for Media Products
    You will use DSLR cameras to produce a portfolio of images suitable for magazines or web pages. You will experiment with different styles of photography.
  • Unit 32 Graphic Design for Media Products
    You will learn to use graphics software and to produce your own designs for Magazines, Packaging and Posters.
  • Unit 40 Film & Television for Media Products
    You will analyze film and television products, write a proposal, for your own moving image product and produce your own short film.
  • Unit 41 Visual Effects for Media Products
    You will learn how to use visual effects such as 'green screen' whilst filming and also how to add digital effects during editing.
  • Unit 62 Animation Production
    You will learn the principles of animation, plan and produce your own animation project.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade D or at point 3 (including English Language) of which only one can be a Level 2 vocational qualification (e.g. BTEC/OCR) at Pass grade or above.


All course units are assessed through regular small chunks of coursework; the students will be expected to keep a portfolio, and will be given regular indications as to their progress, and ways to improve.  Assignments are internally marked; an external verifier will check our marking for accuracy and consistency during the year.

Financial information

There are no extra charges on this course.  However, an adjustment to insurance policies will be expected before students can borrow Media equipment outside college grounds.  We advise that you invest in a USB memory stick (at least 8Gb) so that you can keep your own photographic and video work.

Future opportunities

Progression ontothe level 3 Media AS level, and the course offers applicable skills for other A Level courses, in particular AS Film and AS Photography. This is also a good vocational course, offering core skills for future employment, and to Diploma courses in Film production at HE if desired.

Further information

All Technical Diploma students should be prepared to take advantage of the range of enrichment activities available at St Brendan’s. This will further their knowledge and enjoyment of their chosen interests. In particular, film making enrichment is an ideal option.

 Involvement with the local Media Industries in the area will be encouraged wherever possible.  St Brendan’s has links with local Media industries, including: The BFI Film Academy, The Watershed Media Centre, Aardman Animation and the BBC Digital Village.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Brendan's Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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