Media Production Advanced (Level 3)
This Extended Diploma will give you the chance to engage with both practical and theoretical aspects of production. You will also gain useful filmmaking skills and develop your knowledge of the media industry. You will be expected to acknowledge and apply industry codes and conventions to their work. This study programme is ideal if you wish to gain a Level 3 qualification and progress to university or employment.
After I left school I worked for a few years in retail management as a supervisor but I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do long term. I’d always enjoyed being creative and making videos, and I heard that Bedford College had a good reputation for media so I went to an open day to find out more.
I started with the Level 2 course and then I moved up to Level 3, which I’ve now completed. It’s been very interesting - I’ve learnt a lot and I’ve also been given the freedom to incorporate my own ideas into the coursework. So, for example, we recently had to make a factual documentary and we were able to choose our own topic. I decided to produce a personal piece that dealt with my dad’s brain injury. I had to undertake the planning, research, conduct risk assessments, prepare interviews, do all the filming and use one of the edit suites at the College to produce the final edit.
Some of the practical skills that I have learnt will be invaluable for my next steps, from understanding camera placement and the different shot types, to reviewing lighting effects and preparing an industry standard script. On the editing side we’ve also been taught to use two industry standard programmes: Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro. The College provided us with a wide range of equipment such as digital SLRs and video cameras. They also have a TV studio complete with lighting rig system, green screen and microphones.
My tutors have been brilliant. They’ve helped me to look at my future in a different way. I was against going on to university until recently when my tutors helped me to realise the career benefits of higher education. I’ve now got an unconditional offer at the University of Lincoln to study Media Production BA (Hons), which is one of the best media courses in the country.
Dominika - Media Production Level 3
Entry requirementsTo begin this study programme you will need...
Duration: 2 Years
- 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4 ideally including English and maths
- Creative Media Production BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate (Merit level or above) with Functional Skills Level 2
Key areas studied will include planning, organising, shooting and editing short films and music videos. You will develop knowledge of the ownership and function of modern media, and apply this in a vocational context. The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (Television and Film) is a 180-credit and 1080 guided learning (GLH) qualification that consists of eight mandatory units, plus optional units to provide a combined total of 180 credits.
- Subject units:
- Pre-production techniques for the creative media industries
- Communication skills for creative media production
- Research techniques for the creative media industries
- Creative media production management project
- Working to a brief in the creative media industries
- Critical approaches to creative media products
- Film and video editing techniques
- Understanding the television and film industries
- Single camera techniques
- Film studies
- Writing for television and video
- Multi-camera techniques
- Television and video studies
- Social action and community media production
- Interview techniques for creative media production
- Music video production
- Advertisement production for television
- Factual programme production techniques for television
- Working freelance in the creative media sector
- English and maths:
If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.
- Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills
- Additional vocational learning and qualifications
During the study programme you will be assessed through completing a project/assignment brief.
Creative Media Production BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma
- English and maths skills
- Work experience
- Personal development skills
- Study skills
- Employability skills
You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.
Further study and career options
On successful completion of this study programme you can progress on to study a Media Production Foundation Degree, a BA (Hons) in a related subject, or to employment in the media industry.
To take part in this study programme there will be an additional fee of £10 to pay for the uniform required.
All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at www.bedford.ac.uk/finance
If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at www.bedford.ac.uk/loans. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.