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.

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.

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 a minimum of:

• 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 and software.

Extra Support

What extra support/enrichment activities are on offer?

The department has strong links with Southampton Solent University and University for the Creative Arts and other educational providers. We regularly seek guidance on how best to advise our students about progression opportunities. We also offer support and enrichment workshops, invite in guest speakers and enable students to build more of a practical portfolio during Wider Skills Week. At the end of the second year we celebrate student achievement with our own Esher Oscars.

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 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.