BTEC National Level 3 in Creative Digital Media Production (Single)

Board: Pearson/Edexcel 601/7467/5

About the subject

The BTEC National Level 3 in Creative Digital Media Production is a refreshing and exciting course designed to provide a specialist work related programme of study that covers the knowledge and skills required to progress successfully in the workplace but also provides a firm basis for higher education. The core units provide an underpinning knowledge of the media as well as core production skills including units on how to research, plan, prepare, budget and create moving image media products. An appreciation of media audiences and representations of a range of media types will also be developed alongside acquiring knowledge of broader media industry practice. The course also deals with client liaison and commissioning issues so that creative skills are developed with a firm focus on their use in the workplace. The course is comprised of four units and is equivalent to one A- Level qualification.

Learning styles

Students will learn the creative and technical skills to put their ideas into practice. They will also learn the essential business and interpersonal skills to prepare them for further study, training or apprenticeships in this popular and competitive field. Students must be prepared for external assessments taking the form of either on-screen or written exams, but for those who prefer a more vocational style of learning, the Level 3 extended certificate would be an excellent choice.

Subject Combinations and Progression

Students will gain an understanding of how different businesses and organisations in the media sector work. Students will understand the variety of opportunities available to them and the roles and responsibilities of media businesses and organisations in the sector. Therefore this course would be suitable for students considering careers in the media or higher education in media practice.

Learners taking this course would be expected to be on a full programme of study comprising at least two other subject areas. Other subjects within the Art and Communications Faculty would be complimentary such as A-Level Photography, Performing Arts, Dance and Art and Design.

Subject Modules and Assessment

Students must complete a 4 unit programme totalling 360GLH over two years. Units 1, 4 & 8 are mandatory units. A typical programme would be:

Unit 1              Media Representations                               (on-screen exam)

Unit 4              Pre-production Portfolio                             (coursework)

Unit 8              Responding to a Commission                    (external assessment)

Unit 10            Film Production (fiction)                              (coursework)

Entry requirements

GCSE English Grade 4 and Mathematics Grade 4. Students should also have basic literacy with ICT and have evidence of creativity..