Media Studies

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This is a broad based introduction to Media Production. Work experience within the industry is encouraged. The wide range of assignments will offer you the chance to manage and produce professional products with some guidance from the media industry professionals.

You will develop skills in production, planning and research methods, pitching and presentation, script writing, storyboarding and working as part of a team where you will be assigned a range of roles such as Producer, Director, Camera Operator and Editor.

You are expected to work with a client to a brief  towards the production of a commission - whether that is an analysis of existing product, research into the viability of a product, a pitch to be given to the class, or the full production of a media product.

The Media & Film room is now a bespoke production office, and we treat the course in the same way as a small business in the creative media industry.

The Media & Film department has four stages of camera kits, which are used for different years. As students progress, they will have access to more complex kits, as well as the peripheral equipment, such as dollies, steadicams and a crane.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs Grades 4-9 or a BTEC First Certificate in Media at Merit level.

Future opportunities

Media Studies is an ideal vehicle to study Media, Film or Communications at University. Students can progress into work in the media industry as junior producers and assistants in various departments

It also complements all other University subjects as it deals with the purpose and technique of presenting ideas.

“The BTEC course taught me so much I needed for my Communications Degree. I was at least a year ahead of everyone else, because they had treated me like a professional in a real-world environment”

“In Media, I was given all the information I needed, and then could work at my own pace, although they did keep pushing me! I’ve never worked so hard, but had so much fun at the same time!”

“The BTEC didn’t just teach me how to do Media, it taught me how to work”

Course Content & Assessment

Course Content

The course will cover a choice of the following:

  • Pre-Production Techniques for the creative media industries
  • Communication skills for creative media production
  • Research techniques for the creative media industries
  • Film and video editing techniques
  • Factual programme production techniques for television
  • Advertisement production for television
  • Producing video installation work
  • Understanding the television and film industries
  • Corporate and promotional programme production


50% Coursework and 50% exam / timed assessment throughout the two years.


Subject Leader Ms V Johnston       
Assistant Subject Leader Miss C Taylor
  Miss A Ellershaw
  Mrs L O'Boyle
Media Technician Mrs A Travers
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