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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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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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