Course Title BTEC Level 1 First Extended Certificate in Creative Media Production
Level: 1
Code Y473

Overview of the Course

The intention of this course is to enable you to progress in to Media Studies in further education and careers in the Media industry. Our aim is to provide you with the core skills, knowledge and understanding required to be successful in these areas.

What are the career opportunities?

The UK’s creative industries are worth £85 billion a year to the economy, generating £9.6 million per hour. The industry spans a variety of production work from high profile film productions to digital marketing campaigns. Job roles can be as varied as camera operator to web designer. You will learn that media production needs a wide range of different skills including administrative, editorial, design, communication and financial. Whether you wish to work as a journalist, camera operator, marketer, or screenwriter, it is key that you are able to write well, and have a good level of mathematical skills.

What are the entry requirements?

No prior knowledge, understanding, skills, or qualifications are formally required before you can register for this qualification. However, a working knowledge of computer based software (Microsoft Office) would be beneficial.

How long is the course and when can I start?

This is a full-time one year course starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

Throughout the year you will be assessed through a combination of practical, production based tasks, and word processed reports, which make up the eight units you will study. You will originate, plan, and develop video products, photography portfolios, and be assessed on your ability to work independently and as a part of a team. Units include: Developing Video Products, Exploring Digital Photography, Developing Audio Production, Audio and Video Editing, Developing Creative Media Skills, Creating Images Digitally, Working in a Team and Carrying out an Individual Project. Each unit will be graded Pass or Fail. You must complete and pass all units to achieve their qualification. Upon achieving your qualification, you may be eligible to progress onto the Level 2 Digital Media Production course.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

Throughout the course, you will develop creative media skills through the planning and production of your own ideas and concepts. The completion of written assignments and production paperwork will develop your communication skills, as well increasing your organisational and time-management abilities. You will work with professional, industry standard equipment and software, and be trained in programs such as Final Cut Pro, Logic and Adobe Photoshop. This will allow you to gain valuable experience whilst developing your ability to work as a part of a team and as an independent individual.

Work experience

Work experience is highly valued by media professionals, businesses and the industry as a whole and is therefore an essential element of your Study Programme. You will be supported to secure a work experience placement that fits with your career aspirations. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and help focus your career goals. Over recent years, Media Production students have had successful work experience placements with the following employers: BBC, ITV, Key 103 FM, Bolton FM, Smooth FM, Radcliffe Borough FC, Wallace Printing and Communica8te.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Media Production Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or further education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sport and fitness activities, course related study visits, and careers events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

You will be given the option to attend extra-curricular trips throughout the year.

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