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Media : Level 3 at Gateway College

Course description

The qualification is designed for Post 16 learners who want to study media related degree courses in Higher Education. Learners gain knowledge and understanding of creative digital media production and develop an understanding of how to work within the media industries. Learners will follow a general programme of study, learning digital production skills in a variety of different media in Film, Television and Radio, Interactive Publishing, Animation and Digital Games.

The qualification is intended to be studied over two years as the substantial qualification in a learner’s study programme. This course will give you the training and experience you need to develop high-quality skills in creative digital media production. There will be opportunities to work in a vocational environment learning about a range of design and creative media subjects. You will be working on industry standard project briefs, which encourage course work that reflects creativity, flair and investigation. The course is made up of 18 units, 7 mandatory units and 6 optional. Subjects include Digital media skills, representations, film production, computer game design, digital magazine production and more. This extended diploma is a creative media qualification primarily and involves aspects of graphic design, computer games design, photography, radio, film and television production.


Course content

In 2014, the UK Goverment reported that the creative industries were worth £8 million an hour to UK economy. From Guardians of the Galaxy to Minecraft. The UK holds the talent and resources that produce some of the most innovative and imaginative media in the world. The range of industries represented by creative digital publishing and digital games. These are some of fastest growing indistries in the UK and are one of the areas in which the UK leads the rest of the world.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production is intended to be an Applied general qualification and is equivalent in size to 3 A Levels.

Students wishing to take this BTEC will have successfully completed a Level 2 programme of learning with GCSE's or vocational qualifications.

The qualification has been developed for post-16 students wishing to focus their learning on creative digital media production, with a view to progressing to a related higher education course, and potentially a career in the creative industries.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English Language grade 4 and Maths grade 2.


Year one:

1 Media Representations

4 Pre Production Portfolio

6 Media Campaigns

8 Film Production – Fiction

10 Digital Games Production

15 Advertising Production


Year 2:

2 Working in the Creative Media Industries

3 Digital Media Skills

5 Specialist Subject Investigation

Plus 4 Creative units to be decided

Financial information

Free to all home students.

Future opportunities

Many of our students go on to study Degree in subjects such as TV and Film, Graphics, Photography, Games Design, Interactive Multimedia, Creative Arts etc. Students also gain employment in creative arts industries such as Graphic Design, Radio, Television, Film, Photography and Video Game production companies. Alternatively, you may wish to apply for an Apprenticeship.

The qualification is equivalent in size to 3 A Levels and is suitable for progression to univeristy.

Students develop employability skills and knowledge through contextual projects, which build their communication skills and ability to work collaboratively, as well as developing practical skills in digital media hardware, software and prcesses. This would give students an advantage when applying for entry-level roles in the industry such as a runner or production assistant in a television or film production company, or as a games tester in a games company, or do apprenticeships in 2D visual effects or digital content.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification please visit our website at or see our prospectus.

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: 18 December 2018
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