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Creative Media Production and Technology Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Qualification type


Course code


Career Pathway



Level 3


2 years


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

Start date

Sep 2021

New and returning learners:

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This course has been designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree-level study and employment in the media sector.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology provides an opportunity for students who have an interest in media to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding. It also provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study.

Each year, our students have the opportunity to take part in our End of Year Festival to showcase their work. Take a look at our video of the 2019 show, "Arrival". 


What I'll learn

You will learn a range of digital design skills as well as becoming familiar with relevant software. These design skills include digital animation and website design, as well as DVD menu authoring.

In addition, there is also a video production element of the course, in which you will learn to research, plan and produce a range of video productions, including a music video and a short drama. Theoretical analysis informs all areas of your practical work, as well as giving an insight into how media institutions perceive audiences and construct products for particular markets.

You could progress to a degree foundation degree or higher national diploma in a media-related subject or gain entry into the industry at junior level. 


How I'll learn

You will gain knowledge of and skills in screenwriting, pre-production, pitching and presenting, directing, interviewing, camerawork, lighting, sound recording and audio and visual editing. Each of your specialist media production projects will also develop your abilities to research, budget, communicate, work in teams, project manage and think as an entrepreneur. These transferable skills are relevant to all areas of creative arts and will prepare you for both higher education and the world of work.

The course is taught through a range of approaches designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop technical skills for practical applications and provide vocational real world experience. Delivery methods will include practical workshop sessions in our TV studio, media editing suites and on location in the Reading area, classroom-based theory sessions supported by IT and computer-based research, real-world media industry situations (live broadcasts, video editing sessions, production company meetings etc.) and educational visits to industry trade fairs and other media industry-related events

Throughout the duration of the programme, students will develop a portfolio of work, media industry knowledge and skills to help them to publish their work independently and find employment, or support an application for a higher education course. Additional learning and pastoral support is offered through the tutorial support framework.


How I'll be assessed

This course is 100% coursework which means there are no exams. You need to be well organised throughout the year. You also need to enjoy working as part of a team and sharing your views.


Entry Requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades 4 or above (A*-C), including English and usually maths or a Level 2 Diploma in a media based qualification, grade Merit or Distinction plus GCSE grade 4 or above in English and usually maths. 


How to Apply

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Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.