Creative Media Production (Film and TV)

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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On this course you will gain practical experience and theoretical understanding of the film and TV industry.

You will have access to industry-standard equipment including BBC approved cameras, dolly and track, lighting, crane rigs and Adobe design applications.

You’ll learn by working on key disciplines including production techniques and marketing. You’ll also grow intellectually by engaging in debates about contemporary media issues. 

Units include single camera production techniques, factual programme techniques in which you’ll be required to research and create a documentary, and stop motion animation.

In addition, this learning opportunity aims to boost your functional skills, improve your communication and teamwork, accelerate your self-development, and refine your ICT and problem-solving skills.







You should have achieved five GCSEs at grade C or above including English at grade 4 or above or successful completion of a BTEC First Diploma at Distinction grade. At interview, you should bring with you a portfolio of creative work in evidence of your desire to complete a media based course. This portfolio could include, but is not limited to:

Any scripts or storyboards written by yourself either for pleasure or previous academic/vocational use

A show reel in the form of a DVD or blog address showing any short films or other moving image work you have completed

Any photographic work that may be relevant to the BTEC Film course

You will study 18 units over two years in a number of practical and theoretical areas that will prepare you for various roles in the media and communications industries. The structure of the course and the method of delivery is devised as a result of consultation between College staff and media professionals. It is delivered through constantly updated and industry related assignments. It is broadly equivalent to three GCE A Levels.

You will study:

  • Single Camera Production Techniques: In which you will devise, plan, prepare, produce and present a short fictional video using actors and broadcast quality equipment including lighting and Dolly & Tracks.
  • Factual Programme Techniques: In which you will be required to research and create a documentary incorporating members of the public.
  • Music Video Production: In which students will work with bands and artists, whereby they will negotiate with the client upon how to promote their product.  

The course provides a studio equipped with green screen technology and vision mixing capabilities. Alongside this, post-production facilities are available in the form of Adobe Creative Suite and Apple Mac computing. Production facilities include BBC  approved HD cameras and professional sound recording equipment. 

All students follow a media related core programme plus a number of optional units. Students will also be assessed in Functional Skills which will help to communicate effectively, work well with others, manage self-development, work with ICT in a range of applications and develop problem solving techniques.

Relevant assignments setting up appropriate deadlines are designed to cover each of the course units, will be issued regularly throughout the course and will be completed individually or in a group project.

The course achieved 100 percent pass last academic year. Furthermore, the course achieved recognition of being amongst the top one percent in the country for `Advanced Level Performance System (i.e. ALPs).

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My experience at South Downs was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to University. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student

My time at South Downs was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. South Downs is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student

My experience at South Downs has been decent, I’ve met lots of people, its been great to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it.

Oliver Smith, A Level student


Some learners may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or to progress to a Level 4 or 5 programme.

BTEC National Diplomas in Creative Media Production will provide access to a greater range of specialist units and therefore broaden and extend your experience and study in preparation for the world of work.


Camera Operator, Sound Recordist, Editor, Reporter, Director, Producer, Scriptwriters, Production Management and Film Crew.

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