What is this subject about?

The BTEC National Extended Certifi cate in Creative Digital Media Production is a nationally recognised general vocational qualification designed to provide creative students with a thorough understanding of the media sector and industry practice. This is achieved through the continual assessment of practical work and working to set briefs, set by both your teachers and the examination board as well as an online assessment which is set and marked by the examination board. Learners on the Extended Certificate complete four units over two years and the qualification is the equivalent of one A Level.


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.

Entry Requirements

What are the formal entry requirements for this course?

Aside from the general entry requirements that the College requires, you need to achieve at least a GCSE Grade 4 or above in English Language. If you have taken Media Studies GCSE at school, you need to achieve at least a Grade C to study the Extended Certificate. You will also benefit from having a good level of creativity as there is a strong creative component.

Extra Support

What extra support/enrichment activities are on offer?

The department has strong links with Southampton Solent University, Ravensbourne and other educational providers. We also have guest speakers visiting throughout the year and run workshops during Wider Skills Week to broaden practical skills. It is our expectation that industry related experience will form part of the course.

At the end of the second year we celebrate student achievement with the Esher Oscars and a post-Oscars party.

Subject combination advice

Subject combination advice:

Although we allow BTEC Media students to combine with Film Studies or Photography, we would not necessarily advise this unless the learner has a firm commitment to pursuing a media-related degree or employment.

What are the main differences between Vocational and the A Level Media course?

The focus in BTEC Creative Digital Media Production for the learner is the acquisition of professional media skills which are theoretically underpinned and this is a ‘hands on’ general 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 Digital Media Production there are no “traditional written exams” as learners are assessed through internally and externally graded assignments and an on-screen examination, set and marked by the examining board.