Creative Media Practice National Extended Diploma Level 3

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2023


Creative media is the perfect course for anyone who has a passion and love for Television, Film and Animation. This is a practical and industry-focused course which will enable you to progress onto a career as a filmmaker, animator, games designer, YouTuber, social media content producer, Podcaster or a radio producer. You will work within our versatile Film and TV Studio and creative editing suites to gain experience in the planning and production of a wide variety of media products, as well as engaging with local and national businesses to work on live industry briefs.

The Level 3 Creative Media Practice National Extended Diploma will be studied over two years. During your first year you will enrol on and study the BTEC Level 3 National 540 Diploma in Creative Media Practice. This is a standalone one-year qualification. Upon successful completion of the first year, you can then progress and enrol to study the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Creative Media Practice, which is equivalent to three A levels.

You will learn to produce both fictional and factual films, animations, social media content (such as YouTube) and much more. Your lecturers all have a working knowledge of the media industry and are still actively involved in the business outside of the College, resulting in accurate, up to date knowledge being shared in lectures.

What will I do?

During the first year, Level 3 National Diploma, you will undertake two units. The first of which is based on Skills Development through the majority of the year, the second focuses on your ability to meet a practical brief at the end of the year.

During the second year, Level 3 National Extended Diploma, you will study a further two/three units. The first of which focuses on progression routes, building your portfolio, applying for University courses and/or embarking on a career as a freelancer. The second unit is a final year project, in which you will manage a Creative Media Project based on an Industry brief. The third is an optional Level 4 unit, looking at self-reflection in your own skills and development as an Industry Practitioner.

As a Creative Media Practice student, you will have access to all of our facilities, including a dedicated, versatile Studio and three iMac editing suites, and you will have access to a wide range of industry standard equipment and software, including Adobe Creative Cloud.

Work experience will be sourced with local and national employers to give you real world freelance experiences that relate to the creative sector. You will be supported in identifying organisations for your placements, or you can generate these from your own contacts.

You will go on trips to visit places such as the Harry Potter Studios, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Film Studios and course related museum visits. You will also have the chance to meet a number of guest speakers who work in different areas of the industry.

In addition to your course, you may also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade.

The entry qualifications for the Level 3 Creative Media Practice National Extended Diploma are five GCSEs at grades 4 or above (Old GCSE grade C or above) or equivalent, and a portfolio of work, or a Level 2 qualification to a Merit standard.

If you do not have a portfolio of work to bring to the interview, you may be set a task to complete within 2 weeks as a condition to enrolment.

The Creative Media Practice National Extended Diploma will take you two years to complete. You will study at College for three-four days a week, 9:00am - 4:30pm, plus six-eight hours of independent study.

This Creative Media Practice National Extended Diploma is free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.

For those aged 19+, this course will cost: £7395
Year 1, National Diploma Level 3 - £2882
Year 2, National Extended Diploma Level 3 - £4513

If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701.

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the 1st day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £27,295 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.

Please note, to provide you with the most flexibility your studies will consist of two separate years, each enrolled onto separately. Therefore, if you are aged 19+ before starting either year of the full qualification you will be required to pay course fees.

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

You will be assessed through practical tasks such as group work, workshops, and practical course work, which will be underpinned with theory to give you a broad grounding in the Film, TV and Animation sector.

There are two modules, containing four mandatory units, across the two years and an Optional Level 4 unit in year two, which are as follows:

Year One – Module A: Exploring and Developing Creative Media Skills

  • Unit A1 – Skills Development
  • Unit A2 – Creative Media Project

Year Two – Module B: Advancing Creative Practice

  • Unit B1 – Personal Progression
  • Unit B2 – Creative Industry Response

All four mandatory units are assessed on Informing Ideas, Problem Solving, Technical Skills, Professional Practice and Communication.

Optional Level 4 Unit – Critical Self-Appraisal

Successful completion of the Creative Media Practice National Diploma Year One would allow you to progress to the Creative Media Practice Extended Diploma Year Two, and then on to Higher Education to study any aspect of media such as the Creative Media Production (Film) HND.

Potential career routes include:

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Camera Operator
  • Screenwriter
  • Games Designer
  • Animator
  • Motion Graphics and Visual Effects Designer
  • Radio Producer
  • Social Media Content Creator (YouTuber, Influencer, etc.)
  • Freelance Videographer

There may be an opportunity to complete an Industry Placement alongside your main Level 3 course.

Industry placements give you the chance to put into practice what you have learned and you will have the opportunity to spend an average of 50 days working for an employer, in a role directly relevant to your course.

With an Industry Placement you will gain technical skills, be prepared for the world of work, and gain connections in order to secure a job after your course.

What will I gain?

  • Build your confidence, self-reliance and independence in the workplace.
  • Enhance the learning from your college course.
  • Develop your experience and expand your CV.
  • Give yourself a head start in knowing what type of job you may want to go into after finishing your course.
  • May lead to further opportunities such as paid employment or an apprenticeship on completion of your course.
  • Take a step forward professionally, knowing the behaviours expected in the workplace.

What will I do?

  • You will take part in an average of 50 days placement in a role that is directly relevant to your course, in an external organisation.
  • You will develop the practical and technical skills required for your profession/trade.
  • You will develop employability skills such as communication, teamwork and time management.

An existing part time job may qualify as an Industry Placement if it meets the criteria set by the College.

For more information regarding Industry Placements please contact the Enterprise Zone: or call 01205 365701 ext: 3226/3227

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