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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Advanced Level 3 Interactive Media: 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.

The qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over who have already achieved GCSE grade 4 [C] in both English and maths and want to study digital media concept and production development. 

The knowledge, understanding and skills you will acquire in this pathway will enable you to use your creative flair to develop content for innovative media products.

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 they will acquire are used in work.

The qualification is designed to be taken as part of a study programme alongside other vocational qualifications including IT, and prepares you for further study. It could also help provide a route to a higher education media-related programme such as Media Production, Media and Communications, Journalism and Media, Digital Marketing.

This qualification is suitable for learners;

  • Who want to gain a Level 3 qualification to support further study in Further Education (FE) or Higher Education (HE) in Digital Media
  • Looking to gain a Level 3 qualification to support further study in FE or (HE) in any other sector or subject area
  • Who want to progress into a media-related apprenticeships.

Entry requirements

Typically, you will have at least 4 GCSE’s A*- C, including English Language, maths, alternatively you may have a relevant Intermediate qualification at Merit or above, along with GCSE grade 4/grade C English Language and maths.

Importantly a University application will probably require both English Language and maths at grade 4/grade C or above.

In addition to the entry requirements above, you may be asked to attend a taster activity, where your practical skills and potential will be assessed.

Course Content

Component 1: Interactive Media will provide you with the opportunity through applied learning to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the digital media sector 

You will take between five and seven units, three mandatory and between two and four specialist units.

You will study the following mandatory units:

  • Media products and audiences
  • Pre-production and planning
  • Create a media product

These units will give you an understanding of how different media institutions operate to create products that appeal to specific target audiences. You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of the pre-production, planning and production processes and go on to create a media product. Through this you will also develop transferable skills such as planning, communication, adaptability and leadership.

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: Interactive Media: You must achieve a total of 5 or 7 units depending on your pathway including 3 mandatory units and 2 subject specific units. The qualification is assessed using a combination of:

  • External assessment, which is set and marked by the Awarding Body
  • Internal assessment, where your tutor assesses your work which is also externally moderate.
  • Every unit achieved will be graded as pass, merit or distinction.

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.

If you don’t achieve a pass in a unit it will be 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

The type of job roles this pathway could lead to are digital layout artists, digital graphic designers, assistant computer graphics modellers or assistant animators.


This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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James Radford

James Radford

Designs on a career in the creative industry

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.
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