This is a one-year vocational course, designed to develop practical skills. It provides a well-recognised qualification for employment into the Media sector. It will begin to reveal, through hands-on activities, just how much the Media shapes and influences who we are. All units have a practical focus. The Optional units are all project-based, with a definite finished outcome to each.
There are two options which students can choose from:
- Extended Certificate: students take 3 modules from the list below, worth 2 GCSE’s
- Technical Diploma: students take all six modules below, worth 4 GCSE’s.
Both of these options link with the level 3 Media A-level, and would also offer a good set of skills for other A-level courses, in particular A-level Film, A-level Graphic Design, and A-level Photography.
Unit 1: Introducing Media Products and Audiences (Mandatory Unit)
A study of what the media produced, how it communicates to its audiences and how media companies work ‘behind the scenes’.
Unit 13: Planning & Producing a Media Product
Students generate ideas for their own media product, they then use one of their ideas to plan and produce a final original media product.
Unit 31: Photography for Media Products
You will use DSLR cameras to produce a portfolio of images suitable for magazines or web pages. You will experiment with different styles of photography.
Unit 10 and 12: Audio-visual Media Skills and Print Media Skills
These units give students a good grounding in practical skills for the rest of the Diploma course
Unit 40: Film & Television for Media Products (Documentary)
You will analyse documentaries, write a proposal for your own documentary topic and produce your own short film
Unit 62: Animation Production
You will learn the principles of animation, plan and produce your own animation project.
Methods of Teaching and Learning
Lessons are a mixture of practical workshops, hands-on project work in groups and classroom 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 often based on 'live' industry briefs.
All course units are assessed through regular small chunks of coursework; you will be expected to keep a portfolio and will be given regular indications as to your progress and improvement. You will also be invited to act as an audience for other student's work, offering feedback. Assignments are internally marked; an external verifier will check our marking for accuracy and consistency during the year.
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. Students are also encouraged to loan out cameras to work on their own projects wherever possible to build up their own showreels for their future.
At the end of the course, students will be offered two weeks of work experience, during which they will create media products for a local company/charity and answer a real marketing brief by working in an industry-focused way.
The Media Department has outstanding resources that have underpinned our superb results over the last seven years. We have a dedicated and highly experienced Media technician, who is invaluable to the students’ success.
We have a Digital Editing Suite, with computers equipped with Adobe Premiere Pro, and a range of Digital Video and Still Image Cameras. Increasingly we are encouraging students to use their own camera phones, which create good quality footage. Increasingly the industry is working in this way, using phone technology. We also have a green screen film studio and a pop-up photography studio.
All equipment is available for students to use, although a condition of borrowing is that you contact your insurance company to cover temporary borrowing.
Progression onto the level 3 Media A-level, and the course offers applicable skills for other A-level courses, in particular A-level Film 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.
For our Access to Level 3 programme, students will need to have a minimum of four grade 3s at GCSE including a minimum of grade 3 in English Language and grade 2 in Maths. You should have an interest in the Media and be open to learning new skills, especially with the use of technical equipment; it is not a requirement to have used cameras etc. prior to joining the course. You will also need good teamworking skills as much of the course is devising, producing, filming and editing in a group.
There are no extra charges on this course. However, an adjustment to insurance policies will be expected before you can borrow Media equipment outside college grounds. We advise that you invest in a USB memory stick (at least 16Gb) so that you can keep your own photographic and video work.