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Course Code: MED1

Level: 3
Subject area: Media, Games & Computing
Awarding body: OCR
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One - two years

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About the course

Are you a bright, go getting and intelligent student who would love a career behind the scenes in the media or even in front of the cameras? This A Level equivalent course at City College Plymouth is available as an Extended Diploma in Media (two year course) or a Subsidiary Diploma in Media (one year course). This media training course is an exciting blend of practical and theoretical study. On a typical day, you might be storyboarding an animation in the morning, hosting your own radio show at midday, and, after a brief meeting about your latest video project, taking photographs for your DVD cover, or filming your latest blockbuster in the afternoon! With a focus on industry and employability, you will be working with real clients to design their logo, improve their business cards or supply a piece of journalism or radio production. This study programme is fast moving and exciting; designed to prepare you for your next steps into the industry or higher education.

What you'll learn

This exciting course gives you practical training and an in-depth insight into the professional world of video, audio and print production.You will study many areas of media including:

  • video production
  • television
  • radio production (music and talk-based)
  • journalism
  • design
  • animation
  • photography and much more.

In addition, you will:

  • learn from industry experienced staff
  • benefit from links with all local media providers such as the BBC, Radio Plymouth and The Herald
  • use cutting-edge equipment
  • get fantastic opportunities to display your work in and outside College.

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.
Entry requirements

In our experience in order to be successful on this course you will need one of the following:

  • four to five GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) (including English)
  • a level 2 media qualification
  • a BTEC first diploma
  • an NVQ Level 2/technical certificate
  • successful completion of an apprenticeship course
  • successful completion of the Gateway / Newstart course
  • equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

All units are internally assessed and externally moderated.

What's next?

On successful completion you may progress to:

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2017/18 (August 2017 – July 2018). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2018/19.


Course Code: MED1

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: £3500

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.