What is this subject about?
The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Creative Media Production is designed for creative,
independent and proactive students who want develop their technical skills in TV
and Film production and knowledge and understanding of industry trends and
practices. This is achieved through the continual assessment of practical coursework
assignments. The Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A Level and involves the
completion of seven units over two years.
What will I study over the two years?
In the first year you will study ‘Pre-Production
Techniques’. You will be taught skills to convey your
creative ideas using industry-standard practices. You
will also plan the logistics of a short film including
casting, scheduling, budgeting and legal
You will also study ‘Communication Skills’ where you
will learn how to present your ideas in a variety of
formats, including writing succinctly in short reports,
illustrated PowerPoints and an oral pitch.
Another unit you will study is ‘Writing for TV and
Film’. You learn about narrative and genre in the
context of working as a screenwriter. Over the unit
you will develop your own screenplay using
industry-standard style and formatting techniques.
The final unit in the first year is ‘Single Camera
Production’. You will develop an understanding of
the micro-elements of cinematography, lighting,
mise-en-scene and sound, and illustrate these in
the production of a short film that you will plan, film
In the second year you will take a ‘Research
Techniques’ unit, developing important academic
skills that will help prepare you for further or higher
study. On this unit you will learn about primary and
secondary research techniques and quantitative and
qualitative data, supporting your arguments with
evidence and accurate referencing.
You will also develop the practical skills you attained
in your first year by taking practical units ‘Factual
Programme Production’ and ‘Music Video Production’.
Through the ‘Factual Programme Production’ unit you
will analyse how documentary filmmakers construct
arguments and illustrate your understanding in your
own short documentary on a topic of your interest.
The ‘Music Video Production’ unit follows a detailed
exploration of music video genres, formats, styles and
techniques. You will film and edit a music video for a
song of your choice.
How is the course assessed?
The course is assessed throughout the two years by a
number of coursework assignments. These
coursework assignments are centre-assessed and
then externally moderated by the exam board.
Skills developed and areas of study
You will gain practical production and academic skills.
You will be taught practical skills for filmmaking
including cinematography, lighting, sound, editing
and some animation work. You will be taught how to
critically analyse the media and learn about the
practices and functions of the media industry. You will
learn how to research information effectively,
developing your independent learning skills.
What can the course lead to in terms of
higher education and future careers?
Progression to further qualifications, such as degrees
in media production-related subjects, is a likely route.
Alternatively, this qualification enables candidates to
enter employment at a trainee level.
What are the formal entry requirements
for this course?
Aside from the general entry requirements that
the College requires, you need to achieve at a
• Grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
• Grade 4 in GCSE Media Studies (if taken)
You will also benefit from having a good level of
creativity as there is a strong creative component,
and an interest in using filmmaking technology
Subject combination advice
Subject combination advice:
Studying another creative subject such as
Photography or an essay based related subject
such as Film Studies, would be complementary.
We would not necessarily advise taking BTEC Media
with Media Studies A Level unless the student has a
firm commitment to pursuing a media related degree
What are the main differences between
the BTEC Media courses, Media A Level
and Fim Studies A Level?
The focus in Creative Media Production for the learner
is the acquisition of professional media skills which
are theoretically underpinned and this is a ‘hands on’,
practical course. The dominant learning paradigm
is to ‘learn by doing’. The sharpest contrast between
the two courses lies in the assessment of work. In
Creative Media Production there are no exams as
learner assessment is exclusively by coursework.
A Level Media Studies looks at a range of media texts
including music videos, radio, TV programmes,
webpages, advertising etc. Film Studies only looks at
films and requires a passion for watching a range of
texts including black and white, independent and
foreign language films.