Digital Media & Production (Level 3 Extended Certificate)

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Digital Media & Production (Level 3 Extended Certificate)
Code L3Me1
Qualification Type National Extended Certificate (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This is a Level 3 Extended Certificate course. It is the equivalent size to one A Level - 60 credits.

The Level 3 Media course offers a wide range of units to reflect the range of opportunities available within the media sector. It is an ideal foundation for students interested in a career in the media sector, providing them with understanding of media through engagement with media products, production processes and technologies. This leads to the application of practical and creative skills that transfer easily into the workplace


As part of this course you will:

  • Plan and produce a short film
  • Plan and produce a magazine using industry standard software
  • Plan and produce a talk and music radio programme
  • Study the UK film industry
  • Study the UK music industry

How will it be delivered?

This is a highly practical course, which makes use of the college's exceptional facilities. The course is delivered through taught sessions which lead to preparation for external assessments or the completion of assignments. Group discussion, individual written preparation, practical exercises; practice questions and assessments are all used throughout the course.  

Achievement in the qualification requires a demonstration of depth of study in each unit, assured acquisition of a range of practical skills required for employment or progression to HE, and successful development of transferable skills. Learners achieving a qualification will have achieved across mandatory units including external and synoptic assessment. Units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction, Merit, Pass and Unclassified.

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. Each external assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by the awarding organisation and a grade is awarded. Learners must achieve all external units at pass grade or above. Students are permitted to re sit any external assessment only once during the programme. 

Internal assessments are set and marked by the course staff and the outcome verified by an independent member of staff. Internal assessments usually take the form of assignments, which might be written reports, presentations or practical activities which are observed by an assessor. 

The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the this course are: 

  • Examinations - all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome 
  • Set tasks - learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task. Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information. External assessments are available twice a year.

You will gain skills in the following:

  • Camera work 
  • Photography
  • Team work
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Audacity

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE Grades 9 - 4 to include English.

Your next steps...

The media industry is one of the UKs fastest growing industries. Whilst studying the diploma, you will develop audio, print and audio-visual editing skills using industry standard equipment, these skills could take you directly into the media industry. Alternatively, you could choose to continue your studies at university and complete a degree in a whole range of media related courses such as media production or journalism.

Media has really helped me come into my own. I have amazing classmates and teachers. I really enjoy the mix of independent and group work and the course has made me realise what I want to do in the future. Grace K, Media Student

I like media because it has a good mix of theory and practical units. We get a lot of creative freedom within the units which means we can focus on things we really enjoy - gaming, film, magazines etc. Lee D, Media Student

The diploma is much more creative than the A-Level. The teachers are very organised and the atmosphere in the classroom is friendly and welcoming. Vidmante P, Media Student Year 13