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Creative Industries (Gaming, Media and Music)

Course Code: CRIFT, CRIPT

Level: 3
Subject area: Access to HE
Awarding body: CAVA
Qualification: Access, Diploma
Course type: Full-time, Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year
When you'll study: Various days, 9.00am - 5.00pm

About the course

Diploma title: Creative Industries

Fancy being part of a growing and vibrant industry?

Whether you’re an aspiring musician, a budding film producer or the next big thing in virtual reality – this is the CAVA Access course for you. This course is a dynamic, fun experience in which you will develop practical skills using industry-standard equipment. Your lecturers are all qualified industry professionals with recent experience which they will pass on to you.

You will be given the opportunity to work with the community and develop your professional and practical skills, making you more employable, and desirable to your chosen university.
This course is different from the rest as it allows you to work in a more real-world environment that enables you to talk and work with professionals in your chosen area. You will love it!

What you'll learn

This Access to HE Creative Industries course will explore the exciting and rapidly changing world of the media, music and games industry depending on the pathway chosen. This
programme benefits from high levels of employer input and real-world project briefs to stretch and challenge you.

This course will be in line with the working ideal of the industry and promote inclusion. There will be both online and in-classroom learning. The use of blended learning will also allow us to fall in line with the industry. Collaboration between subject specialists is becoming more prevalent online. It means our teaching can take you outside of your four walls and open you up to the world providing more opportunities. This depth of learning will help to nurture your creativity and understanding of the working environment so that you are ready to move onto higher education.

Over the period of a year, you will choose one of the following to specialise in:

  • music
  • media
  • games development.


The Access to HE Diploma in Creative Industries (Music) course covers a range of disciplines. You will be able to choose from three pathways:

  • the performer
  • the composer
  • live sound/producer.


The Access to HE Diploma in Creative Industries (Media) course covers a range of disciplines. You will choose from two pathways:

  • media
  • film.


The Access to HE Diploma in Creative Industries (Games Development) covers a range of disciplines such as modelling, animation and audio. You will develop critical thinking and analytical skills and how to apply them to the field of games design.

We strongly recommend that you talk to our friendly careers advisors about your aspirations before you start the course so that we can help ensure the units you study are the right ones for your intended career and university course after completing the Access to HE diploma.

Entry requirements

To succeed on this course you need to be committed towards your study and focused upon your career choice. This route is designed for adult students (19+). Funding is not available for those aged 18 and under, and we would recommend that alternative vocational qualifications are considered which support progression on to further or higher education and employment.

You should have a level 2 qualification in English and a level 1 qualification in maths, however, in exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to take the course without these qualifications. Students who would like to apply but find that their qualifications don’t meet the entry criteria are encouraged to contact us on 01752 305300 to discuss a suitable alternative.


The course is assessed by coursework, assignments and projects.

What's next?

Upon successful completion you may progressing to the following higher education courses at the College:

Every effort is made to ensure that the units and credits offered are sufficient for progression routes onto higher education courses, however, specific courses at specific universities may have their own unique admissions requirements. Please check that the number of Access credits offered in each subject is relevant for your chosen university course.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: CRIFT

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £3300

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.