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Media Studies (BTEC)

Available to pupils as a Level 3 BTEC qualification, Media Studies provides an introduction to the digital media industry. Pupils will gain a broad understanding of the range of sectors in the industry including music video, short film, animation, news, websites, digital games and print advertising.

It also allows pupils to develop a number of skills including planning productions, budgeting, filming, editing and evaluation as well as the analysis of existing media texts.

There are three mandatory units and one optional unit as detailed below:

Unit % How is it assessed?
Media representation 25 External examination
Pre-production portfolio 25 Internally marked
Responding to a commission 33 External examination using prepared materials
Film production - Fiction 17 Internally marked










The BTEC is graded using a Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction* scale. These grades are equivalent to E, C, A, A* respectively at A Level.

Is this course for me?Pupils will need to have an interest in the media and be prepared to watch, read and listen to a broad range of media texts. They will have creative ideas and want to use these in the development of their own media products.

Pupils will need a Grade 4 in English Language. There are written components of both the internally assessed units (coursework) and externally examined units.

Outside of the ClassroomThe BTEC is designed to be a vocational course and the specification encourages links to local media businesses.

The Level 3 BTEC is recognised by Higher Education providers so could lead to a degree in media, communications, design or marketing. It is also designed to provide transferable skills relevant to the workplace and could lead directly to possible careers in film or TV industry, photography, sound creation or the advertising industry.