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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

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Course Summary

The Advanced Digital Media: Moving Image and Audio Production: Digital Pathway has been specifically designed for students wishing to study a creative subject combined with IT, 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 Digital 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 to a higher education media-related programme such as Media Production, Media and Communications, Journalism and Media, and Digital Marketing.

The Media 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:

  • Prepare for employment in the creative media sector
  • Progress into media-related apprenticeships
  • Gain a Level 3 qualification to support further study in Further Education (FE) or to progress to Higher Education (HE) in Media Studies.

Entry requirements

Typically, you will have at least four GCSEs graded A*- C, including English Language and Maths. Alternatively you may have a relevant intermediate qualification at Merit grade or above, along with GCSE grade 4/grade C English Language and Maths.

It is important to note that a university application will probably require both English Language and Maths at grade 4/grade C or above.

In addition to these entry requirements, you will need to attend a taster activity, where your practical skills and potential will be assessed.

Course Content

Component 1: Digital Media: Moving Image and Audio Production

This pathway will enable you to develop production skills and techniques to create moving image and audio media products.

You 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.

Component 2: Information Technology [IT]

This will provide you with the opportunity, through applied learning, to develop the core principles, specialist knowledge and understanding required in the IT sector.

You will take two mandatory units to achieve this component, Fundamentals of IT and Global Information Systems, both of which are externally assessed. The units provide you with an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale and important legal and security considerations.

The mandatory units also assist in the development of transferable skills valued by higher education institutions, such as communication and problem-solving.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Digital Media: Moving Image and Audio Production is assessed using a combination of:

  • Three mandatory units
  • A minimum of two pathway specialist units

Component 2: Information Technology [IT] is assessed using a combination of:

  • Two mandatory units [Both units are externally examined]

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to provide a memory stick and a set of mini-headphones for your studies.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

This qualification could also form part of the basis for application to a higher education course (degree, foundation degree or HNC/HND) in a Media-related discipline.


Students who complete this course will have a range of options, as studying this qualification does not restrict future progression to 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.


This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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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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