Media (Digital) Level 3 Vocational

The media industry is in an age of rapid growth, with global communication networks bringing the digital age to every home. You will use a variety of digital print programs such as Photoshop and In-Design. as well as develop your creativity as both a cinematographer and as a sound and video editor, creating video and graphic design products, and exploring the art of visual storytelling and marketing. You will also study the media industry; exploring the production roles open to you and gaining an insight into how to start a career in media. This course has two external examined papers alongside the internally assessed units.

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What will I study?

Although the course is largely practical, developing skills such as team-building, communication and presentation, there are substantial written elements that have to be covered in each unit as well as two exam units.

The two exam units are:

  • Media Products and Audiences
  • Pre-Production and planning

The other units you can expect to study include:

  • Graphic Design
  • Interactive Media
  • Photography
  • Digital Animation
  • Comics and Graphic Novel storytelling
  • Audio visual promos
  • Advertising Media

(These are subject to change)



This course is being offered as a 540 Foundation Diploma over 2 years

540 Technical Foundation Diploma in Digital Media

This qualification is a similar size to one and a half A levels.. Learners must achieve a total of 8 or 10 units consisting of 2 mandatory examined units and 6 or 8 further units.

How will I learn?

You will develop specialist knowledge, understanding and skills in digital media to prepare you  for employment in the digital media sector in job roles such as digital layout artists, assistant animators, production runners or freelance crew or for a media related apprenticeship.

You will develop ideas for digital media products, gain a variety of digital skills including photoshop and in-design as well as cinematography and editing; you will also be taught about the media industry and pre production techniques to prepare you for the exams

Other skills that you will develop include team working, communication, planning and organising, and adaptability.



How will I be assessed?

Learners must achieve a total of 8 or 10 units consisting of 2 mandatory examined units and 6 or 8 further units.

Units 1 and  2  are assessed by examination and marked by the exam board. All the other units are internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board


Are there any trips on this course?

Recent trips have been to The Berlin Film Festival; the Harry Potter studios; The BBFC and the BBC

Are there any extra costs?

You will need to buy a SD card and a USB stick to store your work

Are there any specific entry requirements?


Careers Information


Will I earn UCAS points with this course?

This course is the equivalent of 1.5 A Levels.  It can be used to gain UCAS points for university entry or as a training qualification for those wanting to go into work.

What does this course work well with?

This course works well alongside english, media, art, business, design, computing or social sciences; such as psychology and sociology.  Finding out how people like to work, what they do and how they react to platforms and then producing relevant and challenging material applies to all these areas.

Are there any restrictions with this course?

Yes if you take this course, you cannot do the Journalisom course.