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Digital Media – Level 3 BTEC National Certificate/ National Extended Certificate


Level 3



Type of study

School Leavers




1 - 2 Years

In year 1 you will achieve a L3 Certificate and in Year 2 the Extended Certificate, which is the equivalent to an A level.  Throughout the Digital Media course, you will learn transferable skills of collaboration and working independently by creating project work that takes you through all the processes of creating a project. Through internally and externally marked units you will discover more about the creative media industries and where your creativity skills lie within.  

Using the latest software, you will build your practical understanding of how the industry works, you will develop technical skills, which can include cinematography, editing, sound design, writing and directing as well as skills to communicate your ideas to your audience.    


Five GCSEs at grade 9 – 4, including English 


Students will develop professional and social skills through interaction with performers, clients and peers; as well as theoretical and technical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. This will allow their creativity and flair to be harnessed in the design and production of media products used within the industry. Students will develop conceptual ideas, and visualise these all the way through the production cycle; from planning and pre-production right through to editing, post-production and presentation of products. They’ll also learn how to analyse target audience requirements, research market demand and bring a media concept alive working in line with legal and regulatory requirements, in a safe and effective way, protecting themselves and those they’re working with from injury or harm.   

Students will also gain an understanding of how different businesses and organisations in the media sector work. When it comes to progression or employment, students will learn about the variety of opportunities available to them, and the roles and responsibilities of media businesses and organisations within the sector. This will make sure students develop clear ideas about where they might like to take their career and what progression routes they’d like to follow. 


Coursework and external assessment. 


University to study Journalism, Editing, Filmmaking, Sound Design, Advertising, Communications, Public Relations, Business Studies, Animation, Games Design. 


You will have the opportunity to go on a number of field trips and excursions. Past trips have included Berlin, Prague, Paris and New York and day trips such as the Harry Potter Studio Tour and Film Festival excursions.  

Particular benefits of this course are that staff are dedicated to giving you ‘real world’ opportunities. You could be working with professional actors and crew on feature film projects, short films or web content, working with industry standard post production tools, for film festival exposure, working with staff with 20+ years’ experience in the film industry. 


You will access to:

  • A40 seatcinema with surround sound capability 
  • Multimedia suite
  • PCs running Adobe Creative Suite
  • DSLRs and HD cameras
  • HD camcorders
  • Industry spec sound equipment
  • Use of photographic studio space

Our lecturers are experts in their own subjects and are experienced in helping you achieve your potential.