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Level: 2

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Weeks: 34

Hours: 6.00

Start: 13/09/2021

Days / Times:

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is for school students, where the school has agreed to fund the placement.

The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Creative Media Production (603/1238/5)* has been developed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills needed within the fast-paced and dynamic creative industries which contribute over £84 billion to the UK economy every year.

Students will learn how to understand different audiences and engage them by making compelling media products.  

This course is delivered over two years, starting in Year 10, and students will study at the Joseph Wright Centre one day a week.

*qualification featured on the DfE KS4 Performance Tables

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, you just need a strong interest in creative media.

You will be assessed during the first term at College to ensure this is the most suitable course for you, with fall-back options available.

Course Content

You will need to complete three mandatory units:

  • Exploring media products - learn about the sector and investigate media products across the three sub-sectors: audio/moving image (TV programmes, films, video shorts, animations, radio broadcasts), publishing (newspapers, magazines, books, comics) and interactive (websites, mobile apps, video games)

Weighting: 30% of the course

Assessment: Internal

  • Developing digital media production – develop technical skills and techniques in the chosen discipline(s) of audio/moving image, publishing and interactive

Weighting: 30% of the course

Assessment: Internal

  • Create a media product in response to a brief – learn how to respond to a media brief and plan a response before applying the skills and techniques you’ve learned throughout the course. Reflect on your application of skills, time management and use of resources

Weighting: 40% of the course

Assessment: Externally assessed task

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed through a mixture of internal assignments and externally assessed tasks.

All three units must be successfully completed to gain this qualification.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own writing materials.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Upon completion of the qualification, and depending on the grades achieved and other qualifications achieved, students may wish to progress to:

  • The Level 2 Certificate in Creative Media Skills or Games Development
  • The Level 3 Award in Creative Media Production or Games Design
  • An apprenticeship programme at Level 2 or 3
  • A-levels

You will be able to access advice and guidance while studying at the College to learn more about the post-16 opportunities available for you.


Further study can lead to a variety of careers, including:

  • Digital marketer
  • Media buyer
  • Public relations officer
  • Social media manager
  • Television/film/video producer
  • Web content manager

For more information, email the 14-16 team at 14-16@derby-college.ac.uk

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James Radford

James Radford

Designs on a career in the creative industry

Former Media Studies learner James Radford is revelling in his first job with a creative agency. He has secured a role as a Production Assistant with Derby based Matchstick Design.
His main responsibility is to help ensure smooth work flow in the studio – taking briefs, dealing with suppliers and seeing jobs through to delivery. He’s also preparing images for use in wide ranging projects and assisting with research.
With further experience, he aims to take on a more senior role on the creative side of the business.

It’s my first job and I’m sure my time at Derby College helped me to get it. My studies gave me skills, confidence and knowledge of film, which helped a lot. I would definitely recommend the Media Studies course to other people interested in a career in the creative industry. It was the right choice for me: the standard of teaching was good and we covered the subjects I’m most interested in.


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