BTEC National Diploma Creative Digital Media Production — Solihull Sixth Form College

BTEC National Diploma Creative Digital Media Production

Film & Television Production Pathway

(2 A level equivalent course)

Why study Film & Television Production?
  • This course will help you develop a range of skills in areas related to Film and Television Production. You will learn to plan and research for media production, and will then produce your own scripts and films using digital technology
  • You will follow units on areas such as single and multi-camera techniques, lighting, sound recording and editing to produce practical film and television projects.
  • The course will help you develop the skills and knowledge required to progress onto study at university or further training

Why study Film & Television Production at Solihull Sixth Form College?

  • You will be taught by experienced teachers and will have technician support as you work on your projects
  • A range of teaching methods and learning experiences will be used
  • You will have access to excellent resources to support you in your work, producing print, video and audio work in our dedicated Mac suite. By the end of the course you will have a portfolio of work ready to show prospective employers and universities.
  • Studying for the Diploma allows you to choose one of a wide range of A level subjects alongside to support your interests and career ambitions.
Course Outline

You will complete 10 units of which 4 are mandatory and 2 are external. Below are examples of the kind of units you might study while on the course:
Year 1 – Extended Certificate Digital Film and Video Production
Unit 3: Digital Media – mandatory / externally assessed.
Unit 10: Film Production – mandatory
Unit 18: Storyboarding for Digital Media
Unit 20: Single Camera Techniques
Unit 21: Film Editing

Year 2 – National Diploma in Film and Television Production
Unit 7: Media Enterprise – mandatory
Unit 8: Responding to a Brief – mandatory / externally assessed.
Unit 19: Scriptwriting
Unit 24: Sound Editing
Unit 25: Sound Recording


There are four mandatory units, two externally assessed and two internally assessed. Learners must complete and achieve at Near Pass grade or above in all mandatory external units and achieve a Pass or above in all mandatory internal units. The externally-set and assessed units are completed in supervised conditions.
Examining Board – Pearson

Special Entry Requirements

Standard BTEC Level 3 National Diploma entry requirements apply. All students are encouraged to undertake two periods of vocational work experience (one in year 12 and the second in Year 13). A clear DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ may be needed depending on the nature of the placement. The cost of the DBS is approximately £68.00 and if it is needed then you are responsible for this payment (details of how to pay will be provided). It is not necessary to have taken Media Studies at GCSE in order to take this course.

Prohibited Options

A Level Media Studies.

What do our learners go on to do?

This course is equivalent to 2 A levels. On completion of this qualification plus another A Level, you could progress to university to take either a Media Studies degree or a degree in a particular area such as Film Production, Screenwriting or Web Design.

Work Placement

On this course you will be encouraged to undertake a work experience placement in both the first and the second year, the purpose of which is to gather information and insights about the workplace, which can be included in your College assignments. Work placements also help develop your employability .

Cost Implications

Payment for trips and visits.

This information is correct for September 2023 entry.

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