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edia Production EDEXCEL Extended Diploma Level 3 at Cornwall College

Course description

Want to work in Television, Film, Journalism, Advertising, Radio, Web Design, Game Design or Animation? Then this is the course for you! Not only do you develop practical, technical and theoretical knowledge, but also the bonus is that it is a coursework-based course, meaning no exams!

An Extended Diploma is the equivalent of 3 A-Levels. This course will particularly appeal to those learners who have an interest in studying media in a way that may be reflected within their own lives and experiences.Alongside this course you will study two additional courses. In year one you will undertake a BTEC National Award in Photography and during year two you will undertake a BTEC Certificate in Web Design, Animation and Game Design all of which carry valuable UCAS points, ensuring you get the university place you want, whilst also enhancing your CV with valuable credentials.

Course content

The Extended Diploma in Media Production offers study in; camera work, digital video and photographic editing, Photography, Adobe Photoshop, scriptwriting, production management, film analysis, animation, web design, music video production, 3D design, After Effects, commercial production, journalism and lots more including our two week intensive nationally recognised film making machine, Film School.

The additional qualifications you will undertake in Photography, Animation, Web Design and Game Design will enhance and expand the platform of skills that you will take into your first job, or university degree. Study in these additional courses will include; producing websites, digital advertisements, special effects, photographic darkroom skills and more.

As media professionals themselves, the course team structure the programme around their learner's interests allowing students to simultaneously look at the larger industry whilst working towards specialising in areas and roles that interest them. This ethos culminates in a Final Major Project in the second year in which the student will create their own media product supported by the course team. Past projects have included short films, television shows, documentaries, photographic exhibitions, fashion and lifestyle magazines, computer games and social action media.

Past students have worked on a variety of video, audio and print projects for real clients including the National Animal Welfare Trust, the NHS, Cornwall and Devon Fire Service, National Stop Smoking service and live broadcast of the Cornish Pirates rugby games and British Professional Surfing Tour to name a few. Professional projects completed on the course have received much acclaim in the local and national press and the College's efforts to give students professional experience have achieved a Beacon 'Highly Commended' Award for the centre in 2008.

In addition, students will have access to a wide range of professional equipment, effectively allowing them to focus on their own personal projects and videos whether it is skate videos, zombie films, review blogs or comedy pieces. The kit includes HD Canon 5 & 6 D cameras, four camera television studio, recording studio,  Green-screen facilities, steadicam rigs and mounts, 12ft extendable camera crane, portable LED lighting kits, broadcast quality cameras,  and a bank of water cameras including the new HD Go Pro Hero 3, all of which is available to our students to hire at no cost!

However, that's not all. The media course pushes students to work in professional environments with working practitioners. During year one, students will embark on a two week intensive film school project hosted by Dogbite film crew at their incredible film studio in Falmouth. Students will create, shoot, edit, pitch and present a complete film product to industry professionals who have included past Oscar Winner Jane Pugh and Ant and Dec's Creative Director Mike Cunliffe alongside Film Armourer Dan Johnson, who has worked with Steven Spielberg and Matt Damon. The second year will see the student group work alongside Journalists and Graphic Designers to produce 'Traffic', the Cornwall College youth lifestyle magazine, that is entirely written by you! Let's not forget our yearly London trip which includes three nights accommodation in a 3* London hotel, a meal in Planet Hollywood, being in a live TV studio audience, a private 3D IMAX screening, trip to the London Film Museum, a London Eye flight, West End show, shopping and much, much more.

Entry requirements

For this course you will need to have four GCSE passes at grade C or above, one of which must be English or Mathematics. We will also accept equivalent qualifications, for example a completed Level 2 Diploma. Mature learners will be considered on an individual basis.
Please enquire if you are at all unsure as to your suitability and we will be happy to discuss the course and its content with you.


The Extended Diploma Media Production course is a full time programme which means you will be in college from 9.00am - 4.30pm four days a week. Learners have one study day where essential equipment is readily available for your use. Every Wednesday afternoon free time is given for enrichment activities. This is a great place to meet people and make friends. Clubs include - Film Club, Drama Club, Student Newspaper, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Driving Lessons, Skateboarding, Cookery, Gym, Swimming, Surfing, Computer Games Club, Paintballing and more.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course will widen your future career prospects and employment opportunities within the media industry. Past students have gone on to work in TV production and presenting, advertising and marketing, journalism, film production, radio production, public relations and multi-media web design.

The broad and inclusive nature of the Extended Diploma Media Production course has also seen past students move into careers in teaching, counselling and business driven sectors such as commercial advertising sales. There is also the prospect of progressing onto one of many Higher Education courses either here at Cornwall College or further a-field whether it be at Degree or Foundation Degree level.

Former Cornwall College Camborne Extended Diploma Media student views:
"The ED Media course in my view was the best way to prepare for a career in the media, it gave me the knowledge, confidence and ambition to break into one of the most challenging industries around"

Dan Warren (Senior Producer - ITV1), Producer Credits include ITV1, Optimistic Entertainment, Endemol UK, FIVE, Flextech and ITV2
"I really enjoyed studying the BTEC Media Production course, and in particular the variety of disciplines that were touched upon and the practical nature of each"

Daniel Norris (Producer - American Idol currently living in LA), credits include ITV1 Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, SKY1 Brainiac Science Abuse, ITV1 X Factor, ITV1 Britain's Got Talent
"Being a student on the ED Media course at Cornwall College Camborne has without doubt been the best two years of my life. Great tutors, great friends, great times.", Scott Hayley, Now studying Radio Production and Sport Development Ba at the University of Chester

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 May 2015
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