What is this subject about?

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Creative Media Production is a nationally recognised 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. The Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A Level and involves the completion of seven units over two years.

You will complete both mandatory and optional units. The units will include Pre-Production Techniques, Communication Skills, Writing for TV and Film and Single Camera Production.

You may also study units in Editing Techniques and Film Studies. These units currently follow a predominantly TV and Video pathway, but may be subject to change.


In the second year you will take a mandatory unit in Research Techniques, developing important academic skills that will help prepare you for further or higher study. You may also take units in Factual Programme Production, Promotional Video Production and Music Video Production.

All assessment is by coursework so there are no exams. These units are centre-assessed and externally moderated by Edexcel. Units are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction and, like A Levels, carry UCAS points.


You will gain practical production and academic skills.You will be taught how to critically analyse the media and learn about the practices and functions of the media industry. You will be taught practical skills for filmmaking including cinematography, lighting, sound, editing and some animation work. 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 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 Subsidiary or Diploma. 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 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.