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Film and Television Production BTEC National Diploma at Esher College

Course description

The BTEC National Specialist Diploma in Film and TV production is a nationally recognised technical and vocational qualification designed to provide creative students with a thorough understanding of the film and television media sector and industry practice.

During this course, you will develop a range of skills in Film and Television Production. You will have the opportunity to work on a number of different projects throughout the year both independently and as part of a student production crew. 

You will gain academic, vocational, technical and practical skills. You will be taught how to critically analyse the media and learn about the practices and functions of the media industries focusing on film and TV production. You will be taught practical skills such as desktop publishing, digital photography, video, filmmaking and animation work. You will learn how to research information effectively through the development of your independent learning skills. It is our expectation that industry related experience will form part of the course. 

Course content

For the Specialist Diploma Award, you will complete both mandatory and optional units. The programme consists of 4 Mandatory Units:

  • Digital Media Skills
  • Media Enterprise
  • Responding to a Commission
  • Film Production – Fiction

There are 6 Optional Units:

  • Screenwriting
  • Single Camera Techniques
  • Film Editing
  • Sound Editing
  • Lighting Techniques
  • Multi-camera Techniques

Entry requirements

As this is a vocational course, you will need a mix of creative thinking and organisation, while the ability to work independently to professional expectations, self-motivate and meet deadlines is also essential. 

This course is equivalent to 2 A Levels and will take up the majority of your timetable, so is recommended for those who are very keen to work in Film and Television Production. 

The minimum entry requirement for study at Esher College is 5 GCSEs at A* - C (or 9 – 4 in Maths and English).  We encourage students to aim significantly higher than this to ensure that study programmes are successfully completed.

Aside from the general entry requirements that the College requires, you need to achieve at least a GCSE Grade 4 or above in English Language. If you have taken Media Studies GCSE at school, you need to achieve at least a Grade C to study the Diploma. You will also benefit from having a good level of creativity as there is a strong creative component.

If you do not have a grade 4 in either GCSE English Language or Maths and you qualify to follow a study programme at the College, you will be required to retake one or both of these subjects in your first year. 


Assessment is by a combination of coursework assignments where students complete a series of tasks set by their teachers in a work related scenario which can be tailored to local industry needs. You will generate evidence drawing on the skills and knowledge you have acquired to complete a practical project over a period of time, working either individually or in a team. You will also be assessed in controlled conditions –on your ability to complete a practical task – where you will be required to apply your learning successfully to situation you could encounter in the work place or in Higher education. These tasks are set and marked by the examination board.

Assessment tasks are both set and marked by the examination board as well as being devised and assessed by your teachers (externally moderated by the examination board). 

Future opportunities

Progression to further qualifications, such as degrees in media production-related subjects, is a likely route. Alternatively, this qualification enables candidates to enter employment at a trainee level/apprenticeship.

Further information

Please note that this subject is in the process of being reformed. The current information reflects what is known about the new course and further details will be available on the website when the specification (syllabus) has been finalised and published.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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