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Start date: 01/09/2019 - SGS WISE
End date: 31/07/2021
Duration: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Course length: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Qualifications: Level 3 Extended Diploma
Code: 118021
Cost: N/A


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Level 3 Creative Media Production

Full time course


From our most recent Ofsted inspection in 2017 we have been rated 'Outstanding' in this area. View our latest Ofsted report here


This vocational course is focused on helping you develop a range of media skills as well as a knowledge and understanding of the UK film and TV industry, in preparation for pursuing a career within the field of moving image.

What will I study?

The course involves working independently and in small production teams to generate, develop and produce moving image and interactive media products as well as learning the underpinning theory accompanying the moving image form. You will also focus on developing your understanding of professional practice and the routes of progression within your chosen career path.

Year 1 units:

  • Introduction to media processes and technical skills
  • Introduction to design and research skills in creative media production
  • Introduction to professional practice in creative media production
  • Critical and contextual awareness
  • Investigating audio production technology
  • Investigating visual production technology
  • Investigating interactive media production technology
  • Developing a creative media production project

Year 2 units:

  • Characteristics and contexts in media and communication
  • Engaging with an audience in creative media production
  • Preparing for progression in creative media production
  • Specialist study in creative media production
  • Extended project in creative media production

Maths & English

A key requirement to obtaining many jobs is achieving a good standard of English and Maths. Therefore, learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in these subjects will be enrolled on either GCSE or Functional Skills programmes alongside their main study programme.


There is a strong focus on industry practice and learning how the TV & film industry works in the UK. All students complete a work placement each year; in the first year, you will work with others to produce a media product for an external client, while in the second year, you will negotiate your own placement, or participate in a selection process for placements with some of the country's top media employers, such as ITV West and Films@59.

You will be offered the chance to get involved in external schemes, such as the Bristol BFI Film Academy and BBC Talent Ticket as well as the opportunity to participate in TV production experience within the college.

What do I need to join?

Five GCSEs at grades 4 (C) or above, including English and maths. Mature applicants will be considered on their individual merit. All applicants need to bring a portfolio of creative work to their interview and successfully complete a college taster day.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I learn?

Through a range of group and individual project work ranging across media forms, specialist workshops, demonstrations, lectures and cultural visits.

How will I know how I am doing?

Coursework is set with structured achievable targets and clear regular feedback from your tutor. You will also discuss work as a student group and obtain feedback from your peers.

Are there any extra costs?

There is a materials fee payable at enrolment, which will cover the cost of tickets for film screenings, day trips, masterclass workshops and events as well as the majority of materials used on the course. Any residential visits will incur extra costs.

What can I do next?

Study at Higher Education level for a degree, apply for an apprenticeship, gain employment or set up your own production company.

What are my career options?

It is expected that students from this course will be suitably prepared for entry level employment within the Creative Industries.


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Dates & Costs

Level 3 Creative Media Production

Start date: 01/09/2019
End date: 31/07/2021
Duration: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Course length: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Time(s): tbc
Qualifications: Level 3 Extended Diploma
Code: 118021
Advanced Learner Loans
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Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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