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Broadcast & Studio BTEC Level 3 at William Howard School

Course description

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Film and Television Production

The Diploma is the equivalent of two A Levels and is awarded two grades which are the equivalent to A*-E. 

If you are seriously interested in a career in the media industry then you should study this course.

This vocational course was designed by the media industry to produce the skills they look for. You will spend the majority of your time on practical projects, either producing the work or learning about the skills needed for working in a particular context. The course will include substantial time in the TV studio as well as studying other specialist skills.


Course content

There are ten units – eight internally assessed, one externally assessed and one exam:

 1. Digital Media Skills. Students look at the creative digital media technical skills              required to produce a product to a prescribed brief. This unit is assessed by a task        set and marked externally. The final outcome will be completed in a 30 hour                    supervised  assessment period.

 2. Media Enterprise. Learners will develop a brief for the production of a new media          product or service. They will develop and apply enterprise skills to plan and produce      the product.

 3. Responding to a Commission. A 5 hour task completed in supervised conditions        in school and marked externally. Students are given the commission 2 weeks in            advance and then have 2 days to produce a variety of responses including a pitch,        a  proposal and a treatment.

 4. Film Production. An internally assessed unit covering the planning and production      of a short narrative film.


Six Optional Units chosen from:

    1. Script writing

    2. Single Camera Techniques

    3. Editing Techniques

    4. Stop motion animation

    5. Storyboarding for digital media

    6. Multi-camera techniques

    7. Lighting techniques

    8. Sound recording

Entry requirements

You don’t need to have done a practical media qualification such as a BTEC but you will find it helpful if you have.

Enthusiasm for all things media is essential. 


Eight of the units are assessed internally through a series of assignment briefs which clearly set out what you have to do, when you have to do it by and how your work will be marked.

There is no final exam and you will need to keep up with all of the work during the course.

There will be research, written work, group work, presentations and practical work. 

Future opportunities

For students wishing to study film, television or digital media at higher education this course will provide you with an all-important show reel and transferable practical skills.

During the course you will be introduced to a number of different areas of media production including: script writing, camera work, editing, directing, floor management, location and production management and producing. By studying these different areas you may decide to look into taking a more specialist degree, training in specific areas of the industry such as Outside Broadcast (OB) or documentary making.

For those wishing to look at entry level employment in the media industries, this course will provide you with a basic understanding of all the different areas of production and a professional approach to the programme and film making process. Gaining an entry level job or setting up your own production company without a degree is a tough challenge but those with steely determination may succeed at this.

Further information

The course is a double option which is the equivalent of two A Levels and takes up two option columns. There is no single A Level equivalent qualification so students must complete both years of the course to get a result.

For some projects you will be working with real clients outside school and it is essential that you are able to deal with them professionally.

The course currently runs a trip to a media conference at Disneyland, Paris, and it is planned to continue this.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2016
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