Course Info

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media

Entry Qualifications

See Standard Entry Qualifications.

5 GCSE grades at 4-9 including English Language


2 Years

Course Content

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media will give you the skills and knowledge that you need to get into the media industry. If you’re set on a career as camera operator, sound recordist, vision mixer, editor, director or anything to do with television production, corporate video production, animation or installation design, then this is the perfect course for you. The course is split into 18 units that will teach you how the industry works and more importantly, the hands-on production skills that you will need.

During the course you will use the latest industry standard digital equipment to produce work that shows that you know what you are doing and understand what you have been taught. If you have some experience of video production from school or you like using video at home, this course will build on what you already know. You will be involved in subjects that will help you specialise for your chosen career.

There are no exams on this course, instead, you will produce coursework assignments and work on projects to achieve your grades. Your work for each part of the course will be given a grade of Distinction, Merit, Pass or Referred based on its quality (with the Distinction being the highest grade) At the start of each part of the course you will be told exactly what you will need to do to achieve the different grades.

Your Unique Experience

You will complete this course as a multi-disciplined, multi-skilled individual who can confidently integrate into a variety of different media industries. You will have the confidence and motivation to sell your ideas to the most influential media companies and your skills will be to a professional standard.

More than just a Course

No previous experience of video production is necessary, however a keen interest in the production process is beneficial. Throughout the course, you will learn how to plan and storyboard, shoot and edit video and photos to industry standard. You will be involved in subjects that will help you specialise for your chosen career in the creative industries or study at a higher level.

Special Features

You will have the opportunity to attend various media trips and visits, work on live assignment briefs for ‘real’ clients and be involved in the college’s creative collective where you will work on projects in collaboration with learners from different subject areas.

Course Format

You need to complete a number units in each year, so you’ll need to work consistently well throughout the course.


Some of our learners go straight from their level 3 course to the media industry confidently and work as a runner, production assistant or social media manager. Many of our learners go onto higher education courses such as media production, radio production, graphic design, animation or film production.

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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media

Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.