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Creative Media Production BTEC (Extended Diploma) Level 3 at Alton College

Course description

This is a practical course for those who wish to work in the media industry. The world of film, television and radio is continually changing and there is a need to develop skilled, confident practitioners for the digital age. BTEC assignments are based on realistic work-place scenarios which will develop your practical and personal skills as well as giving you valuable knowledge about the way the media industries work.

Course content

Learning happens in a variety of ways: through class-room based lessons, workshop activities, independent study and, where possible, work-placements. The course requires a very high level of commitment and flexibility. You will be encouraged to experience a wide range of roles and responsibilities. As well as creating TV programmes using professional-standard media equipment you will also develop important life-skills such as time-management and effective team-work.

Entry requirements

Students studying a BTEC Extended Diploma programme should normally have achieved an average GCSE point score of 4.5 or above and at least a Grade C in Maths and/or English. Alternatively, students who have studied a Level 2 Diploma/Certificate or a BTEC First Diploma should have achieved at least Merit grades.

You are not required to have studied Media at GCSE but you will need to demonstrate a real enthusiasm and commitment to pursuing a career in this area.


You will study a total of 18 units during the two years of the course. Assessment includes the production of portfolios, presentations, practical projects, and staff observations.

For each unit you complete you will be awarded a Pass (P), Merit (M), or Distinction (D) grade. As this qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels, you will also be awarded an overall grade consisting of three grades – such as PPP, MMP, or D*DD.

Students must complete and pass the first year to be awarded a 90 credit diploma and progress to the second year and full Extended Diploma.
We are aware that Edexcel is currently evaluating the assessment process and there may be the introduction of an examined unit. Further information is unavailable at the current time.

Future opportunities

£100 deposit for use of equipment, of which £25 will be retained for consumables
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If the costs of equipment, materials and trips cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 August 2016

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