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This is a one year vocational course, designed to develop practical skills. It provides a well recognised qualification for employment into the Media sector or anyone looking to pursue Film or Media Studies at A-level.

It will begin to reveal, through hands on activities, just how much the Media shapes and influences who we are. There are two externally examined units and the other units are internally assessed and have a practical focus, with a definite finished outcome to each.

Course content

There are two options which students can choose from. The Certificate is worth 2 GCSEs and students will study units 1, 2 and 6. The Diploma is worth 3 GCSEs and students take all 7 units.

Course Units


Unit 1


Externally Assessed Exam: This unit requires you to show an understanding of how new and emerging digital technologies are being used to distribute and enhance the way an audience consumes a product.


Unit 2

PRINCIPLES OF CONCEPT DESIGN AND PRE-PRODUCTION (Mandatory Unit) Externally Assessed Exam: You are required to show that you know how to plan projects to meet the needs of both the client and the target audience.


Unit 6


Internally Assessed Coursework: You will investigate the different types of industry sectors that produce moving image and audio products. You will then demonstrate your practical understanding by planning, filming and editing a prototype of a moving image product.


Unit 7


Internally Assessed Coursework: In this unit you will research the different types of special and visual effects that can be used to enhance moving image production. You will then use professional software to apply special, visual and audio effects techniques to moving image products.


Unit 8


Internally Assessed Coursework: In this unit you will gain knowledge about different types of moving image products, their different purposes and target audiences and the production techniques that are used to create them. You will then learn how to use cameras, lighting and sound recording equipment to film a product that you have planned yourself.

Unit 9


Internally Assessed Coursework: In this unit you will plan an advertising campaign based on a client brief. You will then learn how to use a range of presentation software to pitch your ideas to a client/audience.

Unit 10


Internally Assessed Coursework: In this unit, you will research job roles within the media industry and then learn how to find and apply for these opportunities. You will then develop a personal digital media portfolio for your chosen job role.

Methods of Teaching and Learning

Lessons are a mixture of practical workshops, hands on project work in groups and theory based lessons aimed to provide you with the required skills to underpin your own creative work.  All tasks will be as close to real life working projects as possible, and based on ‘live’ industry briefs.


Units 1 and 2 are assessed through an external examination. All other course units are assessed through regular chunks of coursework; the students will be expected to keep a portfolio, and will be given regular indications as to their progress, and ways to improve.  Assignments are internally marked; an external verifier will check our marking for accuracy and consistency at two intervals throughout the academic year.


All students should be prepared to take advantage of the range of enrichment activities available at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College. This will further their knowledge and enjoyment of their chosen interests. In particular, film making enrichment is an ideal option.

Involvement with the local Media Industries in the area will be encouraged wherever possible.  St Brendan’s has links with local Media industries, including: The BFI Academy, The Watershed cinema, Aardman Animation and BBC Digital Village.


The Media Department has outstanding resources that have underpinned our superb results over the last five years. We have a dedicated and highly experienced Media technician, who is invaluable to the students’ success. We have a newly constructed Digital Editing Suite, with computers equipped with Adobe Premiere Pro, and a range of Digital Video & Still Image Cameras.

All equipment is available for student use, although a condition of borrowing will be that students contact their insurance company to cover borrowing.



The obvious progression route is via the Level 3 Media A-level, and the course offers applicable skills for other A-level courses, in particular A-level Film Studies and A-level Photography. This is also a good vocational course, offering core skills for future employment, and to Diploma courses in Film production at HE if desired.


We advise that you buy a USB memory stick (at least 32 Gb) so that you can keep your own photographic and video work.

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