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Creative Media Level 3

Level 3

Qualification BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Creative Media Production – Digital Content Production

Duration 2 years


What will I study?

BTEC Creative Media Production is an exciting, largely practical course focusing on digital elements of the media with an emphasis on journalism and page layout and design. It will develop your skills in photography, image manipulation, page layout and design, journalism and research.

In Year One you will complete the following Units:
• Unit 24: Writing Copy;
• Unit 22: Interview Techniques;
• Unit 14: Digital Magazine Production.

Year One of the course is focused on Journalism and Digital Magazine Production. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in journalism, producing a portfolio of written copy aimed at a range of publications and variations. You will also develop your journalism skills by undertaking various interview activities such as press conferences and press junkets to contribute towards your writing.

Finally, you will combine your journalism skills along with your creative flair in the production of several pages for a brandnew magazine including your own original photography using our photography studio and equipment and Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.

In Year Two you will complete the following Units:
• Unit 30: Page Layout and Design for Digital Media;
• Unit 03: Digital Media Skills (practical exam).

Year Two will also continue to develop your ability in page layout and design to the production of a range of different print media products including newspapers and leaflets again including your own original photography using our photography studio and equipment and Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.

In addition to this, there is an end-of-year, externally assessed practical exam. Thisexam will involve you working towards a client brief in which you will plan and prepare materials for a product using AdobePhotoshop, InDesign and our photography studio before creating it under exam conditions. The exam will be assessing your digital media skills obtained over the
duration of the 2-year course.

Study Visits

A variety of trips and visits will be available throughout the year in addition to some opportunities to meet visiting speakers from the Creative Industries. These include:

Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter
University of Sheffield Film Festival

University of Huddersfield
Media City Manchester.




Costs minimal for any study visits. You do not need to purchase any of your own equipment or software such as DSLR cameras or Adobe Photoshop – you have access to this within the department.



The following units are completed through internally assessed coursework, with one unit being externally assessed through a sample of work:

Unit 14: Digital Magazine Production
Unit 24: Writing Copy
Unit 22: Interview Techniques
Unit 30: Page Layout and Design.


The following unit is completed through an externally assessed practical exam:
• Unit 03: Digital Media Skills.

Entry Criteria

General Level 3 entry requirements.

The following courses are not required, but are useful: English Language, ICT, Art, Graphics, Photography, Media Studies/ Production, Film Studies and Business.

Useful Supporting Courses

English Language, Photography, Graphics, ICT, Media Studies, Film, Performing Arts, Business Studies Law and Fine Art. 

You can have a look at the subject specific Instagram sites by searching:



Journalism, Web Design, TV/Film, Events Organiser, Theatre, Multimedia Production.


There is a range of apprenticeships linked to an interest in media including:

  • arts, media and publishing, e.g. digital design, digital journalist
  • advertising & marketing, e.g. digital marketing, social media & digital marketing
  • information technology, e.g. web developer

You can learn more about media careers, degrees and apprenticeships here: https://www.ucas.com/job-subjects/media-studies.

Culture Vulture

Check out our Culture Vulture link to see what takes your interest.

BTEC Media Culture Vulture

Flying start

Click the link and have a go at our 10-week learning plan to get you off to the best start.

BTEC Media Flying Start

Course Overview

Follow the link to see an introduction to the course, identifying what you will study with us in the first few months and what you might already know.

BTEC Media Course Overview

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