This course offers students the opportunity to develop an understanding of creative media industries through the analysis of a range of media products across different media forms including advertising, film, and television. Students pitch, plan and produce their own media products using industry standard software such as Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Creative Suite. Students have access to an Apple Mac editing suite, plus Canon HD DSLR cameras and dedicated studio spaces for production work.

What goes well with this course?

This BTEC could be studied alongside any other A Level (apart from Media Studies) or BTEC course but may combine particularly well with:

  • Photography
  • Art (Fine Art)
  • Graphics
  • Film Studies
  • Business
  • Performing Arts


The course is aimed at students who may wish to pursue a career in the creative media industries and will develop the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in this expanding field. It will also develop skills that may be transferable to other careers that require effective planning, organisation and creativity.

Course Content

The course covers a wide range of topics. Students will learn how to:

  • Analyse examples of existing media products such as film, TV, print, video games and music videos.
  • Research, plan and manage their own media products such as short films and feature film opening sequences.
  • Use industry standard hardware and software such as Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Creative Suite to produce media products.

Educational Experiences

Students will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course-specific trips, visits and experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • New York Art and Media trip
  • BFI Film Academy
  • Warner Bros Studio Tour
  • University speakers and visits
  • London Film Festival screenings

Activities Programme

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

Work Experience

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.


This course is predominately assessed through coursework which is worth 75% of the final grade. In addition, students will complete an on-screen exam worth 25%.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory reference) in order to be accepted on to an A Level/BTEC Level 3 programme.

In addition, students should meet the following minimum entry requirements:

  • Grade 4 in GCSE English Literature or Language

Students will enjoy this course if they are:

  • Keen to produce their own media products
  • Well organised and can manage their time effectively
  • Better suited to coursework assessment rather than written exams
  • Considering a career in the creative media or a related industry

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2020

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

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

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