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Media Studies (OCR Level 3 National Certificate) (optional V.A.L.P. component) at Sandown Bay Academy

Course description

A new practical-based course offered as an alternative to A-level Media, for students preferring a vocational route to a level 3 qualification. Assessment is by completion of a portfolio of evidence. There are no examinations. The OCR Level 3 Nationals have been designed to provide candidates with high quality, industry-recognised qualifications geared to the specific requirements of key sectors. The OCR Level 3 National Certificate, National Diploma and National Extended Diploma in Media have been developed to recognise candidates' skills, knowledge and understanding of media operations, technologies and environments. They accredit candidates' abilities to carry out a range of tasks and have been designed to recognise candidates' achievements in a modern, practical way that is relevant to the workplace. The OCR Level 3 National Certificate, National Diploma and National Extended Diploma in Media have been accredited by QCDA. MANDATORY UNITS: Unit 1 - Introduction to media and textual analysis Unit 2 - Pre-production and planning Unit 3 - Production Unit 4 - Marketing media and audience feedback OPTIONAL UNITS: Non-specialist units: Unit 5 - Ideas generation for media products Unit 6 - Production management in media organisations Unit 7 - Presentations and exhibitions Unit 8 - Drawing and illustration for the media industry Unit 9 - Interview and presentation techniques Unit 10 - Career planning in the media industry Unit 11 - Developing skills through work experience in the media industry TV and film specialist pathway: Unit 17 - Video production and editing Unit 18 - Audio for the moving image Unit 19 - UK film studies Unit 20 - Television production Unit 21 -Writing for the screen Unit 22 - Film and television productin and editing Unit 23 - Cartooning and animation Opportunities to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities such as, workshops, conferences, work experience and visits at home and abroad, and talks by practitioners.

Entry requirements

Media is primarily about communication. Preferably, you should have: •a satisfactory GCSE grade in English and at least 3 other subjects •a level 2 Qualification in Media •a keen interest in the media •a creative mind

Future opportunities

POSSIBLE PROGRESSION: Many colleges and universities offer a wide range of media-based courses, both practical and theoretical, preparing students for careers ranging from journalism to film/TV production and new media. You could take this short course with a GCE or other qualification to prepare for higher education vocational qualifications such as BTEC Higher Nationals in Media or a related degree programme. With further training and experience, you could go into a range of jobs related to the Media Industries and specialise to work in different areas such as sound recording or journalism. You may like to look at doing an apprenticeship with a media company to get more experience and work based training such as an NVQ at level 3 or 4. You could also go straight into a job as the course helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers are looking for. SUGGESTED SUBJECT COMBINATIONS The Media course will combine well with a wide variety of subjects, including other vocational qualifications e.g. Performing Arts, Music and ICT OR A-levels. Key skills and GCSE re-takes could also provide a useful package for some students.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandown Bay Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year