Course Title BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production
Level: 2
Code Y110

Overview of the Course

This course aims to assist those wanting a career in the media industries with the knowledge and production skills required for further education and employment. Work placements, visits to iconic Media institutions (BBC) and guest lecturers result in an intensive, challenging, and enjoyable course. Our course is designed to be a stepping stone to further Media courses we offer, or into employment within the Media industry.

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?

Four or more GCSEs at grades A*-D, including English 9-4 (A*-D). This is also a successful progression route for those that have completed the Level 1 Extended Certificate in Creative Media Production.

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 complete a combination of units; two of these are externally assessed through exams, and eight are internally assessed by coursework assignments set by your tutors. You will produce a variety of media products, reports and presentations, working both individually and as a part of production teams. You will originate, plan, and develop a range of media products such as websites, television adverts, film trailers, journalism and photography portfolios, and digital marketing campaigns using professional production management techniques. Mandatory units include: Digital Media Sectors and Audiences (Externally Assessed), Media Industry in Context (Externally Assessed), Planning and Pitching a Digital Media Product. Optional units include: Digital Moving Image Production, Digital Publishing Production, Website Production, Digital Editing for Moving Image, Digital Photography for a Media Product, Graphic Design for Digital Media and Writing for Digital Media. Each unit will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Your final qualification will have two grades in the range PP to D*D*. If you wish to progress to Level 3 in Creative Media Production then you will be required to achieve MM for their final qualification. The qualification is the equivalent of two GCSE grades.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

You will be taught how to create different media products using professional equipment and learn what is required to work professionally across various media production occupations in television, video production, print design, web design and marketing. This includes developing your own career portfolio and understanding of how the media industries operate. You will gain skills using editing (Final Cut Pro X), graphic design, and page layout software (Adobe Master Suite) and be trained to use professional filming equipment. You will be familiar with working to professional standards of which teamwork is a key skill in all media production, whether creating a television advertisement or marketing campaign. You will learn to work together with different people in a variety of production roles in order to meet your deadlines. How well you plan your time and organise resources is crucial to delivering your final productions for when the client expects it, and within budget. Good communication skills are essential as you learn to present your ideas to clients and develop your writing portfolios. Having the skill to write well will enable you to complete reports, compile presentations, and proof copy – all part of producing media content. Whether it be budgets, timings, marketing reports or the various technical requirements needed in video and design work, you will be using calculations regularly as part of working in the media production. Across the course you will develop all of these career skills.

Work experience

Work experience is highly valued by media professionals, businesses and the industry as a whole. It 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, begin 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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