Typically, you will have at least five GCSEs graded A*- C, including English Language and Maths.
Alternatively you may have equivalent intermediate qualifications at Merit grade or above, along with GCSE grade 4/C in English Language and Maths.
Studying the Creative Digital Media: Moving Image and Audio Production pathway, you will take between 8 and 13 units culminating in a final major project.
Through a mixture of practical and theory-based units, you will develop your understanding of how different media institutions operate to create products that appeal to specific target audiences. The units also develop your transferable skills such as critical and contextual awareness, planning, design and research skills, and leadership skills.
Throughout the course, you will understand how digital multimedia products are used and learn how to design and create a product. You will understand, adapt and safely use appropriate and practical methods and skills for creative production. You will also solve complex problems through the application of practical, theoretical and technical understanding.
Other skills that will be developed include working in a team, communication, adaptability and evaluation. You will also have opportunities to find out from employers how the skills and knowledge you acquire are used in the workplace.
There is internal assessment, where your tutor assesses your work which is also externally moderated.
Every unit achieved will be graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction. Qualifications are graded using a Pass, Merit, Distinction (and referral) structure. If you don’t achieve a Pass in a unit, it will be graded as a referral.
You must get at least a Pass for every unit to be awarded the qualification.
Students should be advised that some university degree courses require them to have gained a GCSE at 4/C or above in Maths and English. Students may need to complete these qualifications to ensure they have the best possible chance to progress to higher education.
You could apply for employment in the digital media sector in job roles such as production runner, freelance crew or a media-related apprenticeship.
This course also provides a route to a higher education media-related programme such as Media Production, Media and Communications, Journalism and Media.
A company director who studied BTEC multimedia at Derby College is spearheading a key event showcasing ideas and innovation in the city. Helen Clark, 32, attended the former Wilmorton site on a two year course when she was just 16. She is now a director with city-based Clark CX, a website conversion rate optimisation consultancy, which was founded by her husband Pete. Helen said Derby College gave her a crucial insight into the workplace and the course was broad-based enough to allow her to choose in which direction she wanted to take her career. After college she took a graphic design degree in Norwich, which led to design roles in Bath, Mansfield and then Derby. Pete separately attended Derby College on an art foundation course, and Helen joined his business two years ago. They are now putting together TEDxDerby 2016 at QUAD on May 21. The event is a forum which will showcase creative and innovative ideas from speakers predominantly based in, or connected, to Derby.
Helen said: "The BTEC course was like an introduction to the real world and how people work in the industry. We covered a wide range from illustration to graphic design and video work, which helped me to decide which field I wanted to go into."