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Media - Extended Diploma at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course content

To complete the Extended Diploma (three A Level equivalent) students will complete 18 units including one mandatory unit. Units will be delivered through a series of practical projects. Mandatory Unit – Analysing media products and audiences Choice of 17 optional units. Optional units are selected from the following media areas: print production, TV and film, printbased advertising. Over two years students will complete a series of projects. These will include: music video production, film production, the UK Music Industry, careers in the media industry. By the end of the course students will have a wide range of practical production skills and knowledge about the way the media industry operates.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE or equivalent grade C or above.


Each unit will be assessed using pass, merit or distinction criteria. Units are internally assessed and externally moderated

Future opportunities

Completion of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media will enable you to progress to: Higher Education Work or training in media related industries.

Further information

What skills do I need to develop to be successful on this course? 

Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications that are designed to give students a work-focused alternative to other qualifications. 

They will need: 

• Good communication skills 

• Good ICT skills 

• The ability to carry out independent research 

• The ability to organise their work and keep to deadlines 

• Good team work skills 

What other subjects compliment Media? 

Media is an excellent complement to other creative and discursive subjects such as art, photography, English, history, sociology, psychology, film, business and ICT. 

How will I be taught? 

Students will complete a series of projects that will be a combination of research, planning and practical activities. Students will learn how to use digital technologies and use video, photography, graphic design and video editing software. Their work will be assessed through written tasks, practical tasks, discussions, presentations and teacher observations. 

What extra-curricular opportunities are there? 

To support students in their studies, the Media and Film Department offer a range of enrichment activities. 

These include: 

Trip to the Media Conference, London 

Visit to Warner Studios or Museum of Moving Image 

Digital Filmmaking Club (competitions) 

Lunchtime Cinema Club (film viewing) 

Practical Work Support Sessions 

Student Testimonial, why study Extended Diploma in Media? 

I do a Level 3, Extended Diploma media course at sixth form and I really enjoy it. We learn all different kind of skills and how the Media industry works. For one unit, I’m currently in the progress of making my own music video. This is so much fun to do because we’re leaning but also having fun by doing all the recording and filming. I’m also doing another unit, on how to plan out my own live music event, this is incredibly interesting and you learn so much about how to plan out, your own event. This gives me loads of different experiences of what I want to be in the Media Industry when I’m older. E.g. Film maker, Event manager etc. Hannah Year 12

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lordswood Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 23 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years