What is this subject about?

The BTEC National Diploma in Film and TV production is a nationally recognised technical and vocational qualification designed to provide creative students with a thorough understanding of the film and television media sector and industry practice. This is achieved through the continual assessment of practical work and working to set briefs. The Diploma is the equivalent of two A Levels and involves the completion of ten units over two years.


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/apprenticeship..

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 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 to come in to talk to students. We also run workshops during Wider Skills Week to broaden practical skills.

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 Film and Television 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.