This course is suitable for students who don’t qualify for Level 3 (A Level equivalent) courses.

This one-year, practical course is excellent for students who want to develop their technical and creative skills and gain some useful transferable skills needed to progress, such as communication, planning and managing projects and creative problem solving.

It is a one-year, practical course that leads to a qualification equivalent of 1.5 GCSEs.

This course can be combined with GCSE subjects and other BTEC Level 2 courses.

Learners who complete this qualification may progress to further learning at Level 3 to further develop their Creative Media Skills. A Merit or above will provide them with a good understanding of creative industry practice and could see them progress onto the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate Digital Design course or other A Levels or BTECs in the College.

The content of this qualification has been developed with industry professionals and the course is planned and taught by staff with industry experience. Learners will be taught foundation level skills which will include learning how to create:

  • Digital Artwork using Photography and Photoshop
  • Digital Graphics using Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Interactive Web Pages using SharePoint

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Students doing this course will have the opportunity to go to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition in London – one of the most prestigious photography awards in the world, celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.

The course is assessed by coursework over 3 creative projects. The coursework is graded pass, merit or distinction. Learners are assessed on Investigation, Communicating, Practical Skills, Development and Approach to their creative projects.

In order to study this course, students will need a minimum of four GCSEs or equivalent at Grade 3 or above.

Students will enjoy this course if they:

  • Are creative and enjoy coming up with ideas
  • Are interested in learning how to take good photographs using specialist equipment
  • Want to learn creative software such as Photoshop
  • Enjoy working with others
  • Can work to a brief and manage their time well

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2024

Please apply (from 19 September 2023) via the link on this page:

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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