This qualification will allow you to progress to higher education courses or go straight into the working world. The course will appeal to all those who thrive on practical and technical work, with a balanced emphasis on theoretical or academic achievement.
If you do not have GCSE Maths at grade A*-C, you will also develop your skills in maths. This will support your main programme of study, future progression and life skills.
You will need four GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language. Alternatively you may have a Merit or above in a BTEC Level 2 Diploma qualification, along with GCSE English Language at grade A*-C.
Prospective learners will also be asked to compile a portfolio to evidence the skills required for media production. We will provide details of the required content at your interview. Prospective learners must attend a media workshop where their portfolio work and skills will be assessed.
The units studied may include:
You will be assessed 100% on coursework presented in the form of portfolios and written essays.
Learners studying maths will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
Whilst all equipment required for the course is available for loan from the College, you will be required to provide your own stationery and SD card.
Successful completion of the 90-credit Diploma will allow you to progress to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production.
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.