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Media Production BTEC

 This BTEC qualification is a practical course with written aspects to solidify learning. It is split into seven key units studied over 2 years.  The course is designed to introduce students to the Creative Media landscape and teach both practical and research based skills that will prepare learners for either a career in Media, or further education in the field.  Students will produce detailed portfolios of work that will cover all aspects of production, from planning meetings to risk assessments and editing preparation.  The course is hands-on and will encourage students to be creative and innovative when creating Media products.  The department boasts a dedicated studio space.  Students have full use of a collection of semi-professional camcorders and SLR cameras.  They also benefit from being able to work in a dedicated editing suite running the Adobe Creative Suite.    

Background Needed

No prior qualification is required, although 4 Cs are required at GCSE.

Suitable Combinations

This course will sit well alongside Media Studies or Film Studies as the practical/technical skills learned will complement coursework units in those A Level subjects.  The independent learning model we adopt will suit students who work well to deadlines and are looking at the Extended Project or even another BTEC qualification.

Key Stage 5

BTEC – EdExcel (Level 3)

The Units

Year 12 Certificate – equivalent to an AS Level

  • Unit 1 – Pre Production Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
  • Unit 2 – Communication Skills for Creative Media Production
  • Unit 16 – Film and Video Editing Techniques
  • Unit 22 – Single Camera Techniques

Year 13 (Subsidiary Diploma) – equivalent to full A Level

  • Unit 3 – Research Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
  • Unit 29 – Music Video Production
  • Unit 30 – TV Advertising

We offer a range of extra-curricular trips and activities from occasional film trips to visiting film museums.  The main trip however is every 2 years to Los Angeles.

Progression After A Level

Although by no means a vocational qualification, the practical work on this course will prepare students for apprenticeships in the Creative Media Industry or practical based qualifications at University Level.


HOD: Mrs Seys

Phone: 01276 457600

To see examples of students' work, please visit our departmental blog:

Curriculum Information