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BTEC Creative Digital Media

At a glance

Awarding Board: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Six GCSE grades 9-4 including English Language and Mathematics
Subject Specific: Study of Computer Science or ICT at Key Stage 4 is preferred but not required


Coursework (58%)
External Assesment (42%)

Why choose BTEC Creative Digital Media?

This course can help you take your first steps towards a career in the digital media industry. You will gain a broad knowledge of the industry and will develop essential skills that could lead to employment in a wide range of job roles across the creative digital media sectors.

What will you study?

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels. You will cover thirteen units over the two years. You will study seven mandatory units and six optional units. Units may include:

  • Scriptwriting: You will investigate how to effectively write scripts for a variety of media outputs and look at how scripts are constructed.
  • Digital Game Production: You will study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a game through the system life cycle.
  • Media Enterprise: You will investigate how to initiate and develop an idea within the media industry. Developing essential skills to research, problem solve, plan and produce a new media product or service.
  • Film Production Skills: You will study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a film.

How will you study?

You will be taught in a wide variety of ways including – group work, independent learning, online learning, teacher led work, researching and presentation.

Over half the course, 58% of your overall grade, is coursework and 42% will be externally assessed.

This is a practical, work related course and you will learn by completing tasks and assignments that are based on realistic situations.

Where will it take me?

This qualification, is designed to support your progression to further study at university, when applying for higher or degree level apprenticeships or directly into employment. It will give you the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills that a university admissions tutor or potential employer will be looking for when considering your application.

The IT and Media sectors forecast that over the next seven years the sector could generate up to an additional £47bn GVA to the economy and create 500,000 new jobs. These include: Analysis, Computer Sales Support, Database Administration, Game Developer, Programming, Software Engineer, Software Trainer, Software Testing, It Consultant, It Support or Website Design.


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