KS5 Media Studies: Creative

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Vocational BTEC National Extended Certificate Creative Digital Media

What entry requirements do I need to study the course?

GCSE Media level 5 preferred but not essential.

What does the course involve and how is it assessed?

The Level 3 BTEC Creative Digital Media Extended Certificate course is a two year vocational qualification. It is a highly practical course where you will combine learning the skills of analysis of existing media texts alongside the practical skills required to create and make your own. Its sits alongside other subjects very well including Drama,Photography, Art, Psychology and English. No prior experience is necessary but you will need to be enthusiastic and determined to succeed.

The following units will be studied:

  • 1, Media Representations - A 2 hour onscreen exam where you analyse a series of unseen texts. (25%)
  • 2, Pre-production Portfolio - Students undertake the creation of a portfolio of pre-production activities such as scripting and storyboarding for a short film. Internally Assessed (25%)
  • 3, Responding to a Commission - A 5 hour controlled external assessment where you respond to a brief given from the exam board to conceptualise and plan out a media product ready for pitching. (25%)

Students will choose one of the following routes for their main production all are internally assessed and worth 25%:

    • 4, Film (Fiction) Production - Students will create a full short film from inception to final cut.
    • 5, Radio (Fiction) Production - Students will create a 15 minute Radio Drama from inception to final Mix.
    • 6, Digital magazine Production- Students will create their own interactive app based digital magazine.

    What next?

    The Level 3 BTEC Creative Digital Media course is designed to help launch students into careers within the digital media sector or onto Higher Education. Due to the practical nature of the course it is also highly valued by prospective employers. This course is best suited to those wishing to follow a career in media production or design.

    Examination Board: Pearson Edexcel

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