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Level: 2

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Are you are interested in exploring the potential of a career in creative media production - moving image and audio? This one-year course is designed to give you a general overview of the media and the skills needed to succeed in such a fast-paced industry.

This qualification gives you the opportunity to develop your technical creative media skills through a process of self-evaluation, practice and review.  To allow for a rich and immersive learning experience, you will work freely across a range of technical skills areas. These include creative investigation and ideas generation, communication, using creative development processes, developing and applying practical skills, and using productive working skills and practice centred around moving image and audio production.

The Level 2 Extended Certificate is equivalent to two GCSEs.

To support your main study programme, future progression and life skills, you will also resit your GCSEs where you will develop your skills in Maths and English.

Entry requirements

You will need at least four D/3 grades or above at GCSE, along with a minimum grade C/4 in either English Language or Maths.

Course Content

You will study three units around Moving Image, Photography and Sound.

The course has been designed to allow you to work on deepening and refining the skills below over time:

  • Investigation
  • Communication
  • Practical skills development
  • Creative approach

How will I be assessed?

There are three assessment units across the specification, which are 100% internally set and assessed.

You will be assessed on coursework made up of practical work, research, essays, discussions and presentations. All evidence produced for assessment is based on practical portfolios of work.

GCSE Maths or English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Whilst all equipment required for the course is available for loan from the College, you will be required to supply your own stationery and SD card.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

This course is an excellent platform for you to start working towards a creative media career.

Provided you can demonstrate aptitude for this exciting subject by passing all the required units at Merit or Distinction level, and you have a grade C/4 in English and Maths, you could progress to a Level 3 course.


This course can provide fundamental creative skills that are valued in other subject areas such as engineering, business or marketing. It could also support progression to an apprenticeship in creative media or a related sector.

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Helen Clark

Helen Clark

Former BTEC student Helen leads Derby innovation showcase

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."


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