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Media Studies

Media BTEC Level 1 & 2 First Award

Exam Board: Pearson EDEXCEL

Specification Number: 2209

Media is interesting, relevant to us all as users of media products and engaging. We aim to ensure that everything we teach is taught in the most relevant way possible and, for this reason, Media has always been a popular subject at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. This course is for the creative, those interested in learning about industry in practice, or are passionate about how and why the media affects us.

Course Content:

The BTEC Media course has a solid emphasis on theoretical examination of media industries and the sectors within it.  It has always been our philosophy that an appreciation of the practices and principles that support, what is now, a multi-national industry is absolutely vital, along with developing an astute understanding of the theories that exist about it. We always seek, however, to balance this with practical tasks.

The course introduces the principles of: Pre-production, Production & Post Production skills through practical hands on projects. The pre-production processes students will follow will enable them to gain a greater insight into industry paperwork.  This will have developed from the in-depth knowledge of media organisations and theory covered earlier in the course.

Mode of Assessment:

Internally assessed assignments with an externally assessed production.

BTEC National: Creative Digital Media Production

Exam Board: Pearson EdExcel

Specification Number: 

Level of Course: 3

Aim of course:

With a track record built over 30 years of learner success, BTEC Nationals are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the signature vocational qualification at Level 3. They provide progression to the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level. Proof comes from YouGov research, which shows that 62% of large companies have recruited employees with BTEC qualifications. What’s more, well over 100,000 BTEC students apply to UK universities every year and their BTEC Nationals are accepted by over 150 UK universities and higher education institutes for relevant degree programmes either on their own or in combination with A Levels.


Size & Structure


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Digital Film and Video Production


360 GLH (480 TQT)

Equivalent in size to one A Level.

Mandatory content (50%).  External assessment (33%)

This qualification is designed to provide a technical introduction to digital film and video production.

This qualification is for Post 16 learners who are looking to progress to higher or degree apprenticeships, employment or to further education and training.


The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies to ensure that it is appropriate for those interested in working in the sector. In addition, higher education representatives have been involved to ensure that the qualification fully supports entry to the relevant range of specialist degrees. There are two mandatory units, which cover the following aspects of digital film and video production:

  • film production (fiction)
  • digital media skills

In addition to the mandatory content, learners take three optional units:

  • Scriptwriting
  • Editing Techniques
  • Stop-Motion Animation

How is the course assessed?

Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.

Grading - Units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction (D), Merit (M), Pass (P), Near Pass (N) and Unclassified (U).

Get in touch

Miss Sam Rogers, School Business Manager

Hemel Hempstead

(01442) 406020