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Media Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Choose the Media Level 3 Extended Diploma and you can explore a career pathway in the TV and film industry.

The Media Level 3 Extended Diploma covers the vibrant world of TV and film, as well as incorporating radio, production, photography, comic book and print production.

The majority of students progress to courses in higher education at either degree or HND level. Many specialise in a particular field. Examples of possible careers include film, camera work, advertising, journalism, public relations, design, media, and photography. 

 

Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

What I'll learn

You work on a series of individual and group assignments which cover subjects such as:

  • creative media production management
  • working to a brief in the creative media industries
  • understanding the television and film industries
  • film and video editing techniques • multi-camera techniques
  • writing for television and video
  • television and video studies
  • film studies
  • factual programme production techniques for television
  • corporate and promotional programme production
  • music video production
  • advertisement production for television
  • producing video installation work
  • interview techniques for creative media production
  • presentation techniques for broadcasting
  • soundtrack production for the moving image  

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.

 

How I'll learn

The Media Level 3 Extended Diploma has strong links to industry, reflected through guest speakers and outside clients. You have full access to the media centre which consists of a television studio, digital video and sound editing equipment, a radio studio and computing facilities. All students follow a functional skills programme.

You work with specialist tutors on live practical projects. You are offered the opportunity to work for our in-house production company StudioX1. This helps you to gain professional experience working with a variety of clients and makes an impressive addition to your CV.

You will improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you will have benefited from a valuable insight into future careers open to you. 

 

How I'll be assessed

The Media Level 3 Extended Diploma programme is 100% coursework based, which means there are no exams. Individual learning targets are set each term and you receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets. Formal assessment is through assignments, projects, presentations and practical assessments, which are set at regular intervals throughout the programme.

The qualifications awarded are the Edexcel National Diploma in Media and functional skills qualifications in English, maths or ICT. There is also the opportunity to study GCSE maths alongside your programme.

You need to be well organised throughout the year, enjoy working as part of a team and sharing your views.

 

Entry Requirements

You will need five or more GCSEs including English and maths at grade A*–C (grades 4–9) or a Level 2 Diploma grade Merit or Distinction, plus GCSEs in English and maths at grade C/4 or above or Functional Skills at Level 2.

If you are interested in a Level 3 programme, and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider, please contact us with your details. Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.

 

How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application. As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs.) Printed application forms are also available on request by calling us on 0800 612 6008 or visiting us at one of our college Advice Centres. Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.