The Advanced Level 3 Media: Moving Image and Audio Production Creative Pathway has been specifically designed for students wishing to study a single creative subject plus work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.
This qualification is designed for students aged 16 years or over who want to study digital media concept and production development.
The Level 3 Media: Moving Image and Audio Production pathway enables you to develop specialist knowledge, understanding and skills in your chosen area, preparing you for employment in the digital media sector in job roles such as runner, assistant camera operator, assistant lighting camera person, freelance crew or promoter at festivals and live music events.
It could also provide a route into a higher education media-related programme such as Media Production, Media and Communications, Journalism and Media, and Digital Marketing.
The Moving Image and Audio Production pathway is designed to be the substantial part of your study programme. However, it can also be studied alongside other Applied General qualifications including Business, IT or A-level English.
This qualification is suitable for students who want to:
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.
Importantly a university application will probably require five GCSEs graded C (4) or above, including both English Language and Maths GCSE at grade 4/C or above.
In addition to these entry requirements, you may be asked to attend a taster activity where your practical skills and potential will be assessed.
While studying this pathway, you will take between eight and ten units - four mandatory units and four to six optional units (depending on the size of units chosen).
The knowledge, understanding and skills you acquire in this pathway will enable you to develop production skills and techniques to create moving image and audio media products.
You will take the designated mandatory unit for this pathway - TV and Short Film Production. In this unit, you will develop a TV programme or short film from proposal to screen test, including recording and editing.
Throughout the course, there are opportunities to learn how to record cinematic quality footage including lighting techniques and editing or recording and editing sound elements for use in a soundtrack.
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.
The Media: Moving Image and Audio Production pathway is assessed using a combination of:
Every unit achieved will be graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction. If you don’t achieve a Pass in a unit, it will be graded unclassified. You must get at least a Pass for every unit to be awarded the qualification.
Qualifications are graded using a Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction* (and Unclassified) structure.
You will need to provide a memory stick and a set of mini-headphones for your studies.
This qualification could also form part of the basis for application to a higher education course (degree, foundation degree or HNC/HND) in a Creative Media related discipline.
Students who complete this course will have a range of options, as this qualification does not restrict future progression into one particular role.
Examples of potential career progression opportunities are runner, assistant camera operator, assistant lighting camera person, freelance crew or promoter at festivals and live music events.
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.