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Media BTEC Level 3 Certificate at Sir John Lawes School

Course description

This is a Level 3 qualification with UCAS points equivalent to one A level.

BTEC courses are long established and very well recognised in both higher education and industry. They are vocational style courses with a strong emphasis on practical learning and project production work. Some students enter industry on completion of the course, whilst the majority move to undergraduate courses at reputable universities including Bournemouth.

BTEC courses at Level 3 are demanding both academically and in respect of personal and team management skills. High standards of organisation and professionalism are expected and required.

This is an exciting and stimulating course that gives students who are interested in the media the opportunity to study the media in-depth and at a high level along with exciting accompanying practical opportunities.

Unlike the Extended Diploma this course is equivalent to a single A-Level allowing it to be sat alongside other A-Level options (excluding media studies). 

Course content

The main focus is on television, video and film production techniques and practice, as well as some emphasis on print based techniques. This also encompasses studying the media industries, project management and specific technical training in software, lighting, sound, camera, directing, producing and a wide range of other disciplines. 

Students will be required to work closely in highly organised production teams on a range of different projects that may include documentary, drama, music video production, advertising, lifestyle programming, and animation, amongst other genres.

For the units being delivered as part of the certificate course students will join the extended diploma class for their designated times a week. This will allow them the opportunity to work with a wide range of their peers whilst still studying other A-Level subjects. 

This is a demanding course and there is a huge emphasis on independent learning from the students. Students need to be enthusiastic, focused and determined from the outset. It should be noted that students must take responsibility for their own learning and progress to some extent on this type of vocational course; the level of teacher assistance can impact on the grades awarded to students. 

Entry requirements

C grade in GCSE Media Studies or grade 4 GCSE English (if Media has not previously been studied). All students must have an APS of 3.83 or above if combined with other BTEC courses. 


There are 4 external assessments. These will be sat in exam-like conditions, but carried out in the classroom. One consists of an online exam; the others are responding to material provided by Edexcel in a vocational context within a strict time constraint. All coursework must also be completed and passed.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Lawes School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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