KS4 Film & Media Production
Qualification & Equivalent
BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production
This Level 2 qualification is currently equivalent to three GCSEs at A* - C, with the Distinction representing A*/A, Merit = B and Pass = C.
This course is strongly committed to providing students with the opportunity to explore a wide range of media. We offer an exciting, creative course that involves the study of both traditional and digital media. The course concentrates on the development of creative and technical skills, allowing students to combine their knowledge and skills in the creation of a variety of media products.
What kind of student are we looking for?
The course concentrates on production in video, radio and photography. There is also a range of media analysis coursework, including film and advertising. We are looking for you to be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm and interest in at least one area of the media. In most of the projects everyone works in groups so we are also looking for good team players who are committed and motivated in their studies.
The BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production is a two-year qualification comprising eight coursework units. The course also has two examination units. All students follow core studies in communication techniques for creative media production, the creative media sector and media audiences and digital products. The course also includes GCSE Film Studies over the two years.
Students also study a range of specialist units: video production, photography, television production and radio production. Students will begin a journey here that prepares them for further study at Post-16 and for work in a media industry.
Facilities & Opportunities
- 3 Apple Mac editing suites running the full collection of Adobe Creative Cloud software
- A 3 camera TV studio and gallery including green screen capabilities
- A wide range of filming equipment such as HD digital video cameras, DSLRs, lighting and sound recorders.
- 2 broadcast standard radio production suites
- 35mm black and white film processing darkroom and digital photography suite
- 3 classrooms with video projection and DVD playback facilities
Each year in July our KS4 students help to run BRIT FM, the School's radio station, for a ten day broadcast to Croydon and the surrounding area. Students plan and produce their own shows alongside our Post-16 students.
We hold showcases and video screenings of practical work completed by our students throughout the two years of the course. Professional industry standard facilities and equipment, coupled with a high quality of teaching, combine to provide students with a wide array of practical and analytical skills.
How to Apply
Questions to be answered in section 7 of the application form:
a) Think about any relevant video work you may have done in or outside of school. Describe the project and your role within it.
b) What media-related projects have you been involved in, outside or in school? For instance, you may write for newspaper, take photos in your spare time, or experiment with radio. Describe what you enjoyed about doing this work.
c) What qualities do you think you need to succeed on this course?
d) Choose one of the examples of student work below and describe what is good about either the camerawork, or the soundtrack, or the narrative and characters.