Where will this course lead?

This course combines practical media skills alongside intensive English and Maths study to prepare for progression onto further study at level 3. It is a fantastic opportunity if you didn't get the GCSE English and maths grades you wanted in previous education. This course develops students' maths and English skills alongside a Level 2 Award in media.

What will I study?

During the course you will focus on and improve those all-important GCSE English and maths skills to help you progress onto a Level 3 course or apprenticeship of your choice the following academic year.  On this course you will intensely study maths and English, taking 5 hours of maths and 5 hours of English classes each week to give you the very best chance of achieving a GCSE pass. Alongside this you will also take 5 hours a week of media lessons in which you will learn to make, edit and evaluate media content. 

In GCSE English, the focus is on analysing both fiction and non-fiction texts including texts from the 19th Century to present day. You will also develop your creative writing and opinionated writing ability. 

In GCSE Maths you will develop your analytical, research and problem-solving skills. Within this full-time programme, we will focus on key numeracy skills and help you to succeed even if you find maths challenging. 

The course will be structured to be flexible and allow you to develop and generate your own projects.  Artists will be able to look at multi-media art projects and actors opportunities to work both in front and behind the camera. 

Maths and English will be an important part of your course. You will continue to develop these skills and may work towards a qualification at an appropriate level. Our students work towards English and maths GCSE Grade 4. 

Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life. Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and maths skills in your vocational classes

How will this course be delivered?

This focus of this course will be gaining your maths and English qualifications.  Alongside this you will engage in a range of hands on media projects, which will also develop your understanding and skills in media. 

The skills you will learn have been identified as essential for future progression and employment, underpinned by the broad transferable skills that will enable students to demonstrate qualities of adaptability, self-reliance, collaboration, dependability, resilience, imagination and creativity. 

What qualifications will I get?

GCSE Maths 

GCSE English 

UAL Level 2 Award in Creative Media Production & Technology 

How will I be assessed?

All units will be internally assessed and internally verified through student's portfolios of evidence and are subject to UAL Awarding body's external quality assurance. 

How do I get a place on the course?

Places on the course are offered by interview initially. During the interview you should be prepared to discuss your passion for filmmaking and media production and your interest in learning more about this exciting industry and art form, and where you hope your study might take you. 

You will be expected to bring a short example of your previous creative work with you to discuss during your interview, this might be a photographic series, short video, or animation. 

What are the entry requirements?

To apply for a place on this highly popular course, you need to hold at least 4 GCSE's including English Language and Maths at a grade 'D/3' or above. You should have an interest in the Media, be able to work in a team as well as stick to tight deadlines and schedules. 

Although a Media Studies GCSE is preferable, it is not essential, although some previous media experience and enthusiasm for the subject is essential.  

You will need to bring evidence of your original certificates at Induction. 

If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too. 

What else do I need to know?

You do not need a previous qualification in the media, however, it is important that you show excellent interest and engagement with the media once you start the course. We also like to have 100% attendance and punctuality from you, as we are preparing you for employability. 

What can I do after this course?

If you are successful on this course, you will be able to continue studying at Level 3 in a wide range of subjects. 


Blossomfield Campus

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N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds

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Media Researcher

Media researchers support television, radio and documentary producers by finding out details of show contributors, locations and background information.

What’s Involved?

Media Researchers liaise with production team to generate and develop ideas for film, television and radio programmes. They research sources for accurate factual material, find suitable contributors to programmes or print features and deal with any copyright issues. They provide administrative support for programme development such as booking facilities. They present findings in the required format, via written reports or presentations. They also research images for clients in a wide range of media using specialist picture libraries and archives, museums, galleries etc., or commissions new images. They liaise with clients on the appropriate image/s to be used. They deal with copyright issues and negotiates fees.


You could work in press photography, advertising photography, editorial photography, corporate photography, or go freelance!

What’s Involved?

Photographers select subjects and conceive composition of picture or discuss composition with colleagues. They arrange subject, lighting and camera equipment. They insert lenses and adjust aperture and speed settings as necessary. They also operate scanning equipment to transfer image to computer and manipulate image to achieve the desired effect. They photograph subject or follow action by moving camera. They also take, record and manipulate digital images and digital video footage.


Jobholders in this unit group investigate and write up stories and features for broadcasting and for newspapers, magazines and other periodicals, evaluate and manage their style and content and oversee the editorial direction of these types of output and publication.

What’s Involved?

Journalists determine subject matter and undertake research by interviewing, attending public events, seeking out records, reviewing written work, attending film and stage performances etc. They write articles and features and submit draft manuscripts to newspaper, magazine, periodical or programme editor. They select material for broadcast or publication, check style, grammar, accuracy and legality of content and arrange for any necessary revisions. They also liaise with production staff in checking final proof copies immediately prior to printing.

TV, Video and Audio Engineer

TV, video and audio engineers service and repair domestic television, video and audio appliances.

What’s Involved?

TV, video and audio engineers examine equipment and observe reception to determine nature of defect. They use electronic testing equipment to diagnose faults and check voltages and resistance. They dismantle equipment and repair or replace faulty components or wiring. They also re-assemble equipment, test for correct functioning and make any necessary further adjustments. They carry out service tasks such as cleaning and insulation testing according to schedule.


Arts officers, producers and directors assume creative, financial and organisational responsibilities in the production and direction of television and radio programmes, films, stage presentations, content for other media, and the promotion and exhibition of other creative activities.

What’s Involved?

A Director chooses writers, scripts, technical staff and performers, and assumes overall responsibility for completion of project on time and within budget. They direct actors, designers, camera team, sound crew and other production and technical staff to achieve desired effects. They break script into scenes and formulate a shooting schedule that will be most economical in terms of time, location and sets. They also prepare rehearsals and production schedules for main events, design of sets and costumes, technical rehearsals and dress rehearsals. They ensure necessary equipment, props, performers and technical staff are on set when required. They also manage health and safety issues. They select, contract, market and arrange for the presentation and/or distribution of performance, visual and heritage arts.

TV or Film Camera Operator

Workers in this unit group operate and assist with still, cine and television cameras and operate other equipment to record, manipulate and project sound and vision for entertainment, cultural, commercial and industrial purposes.

What’s Involved?

A TV or Film Camera Operator selects subject and conceives composition of picture or discusses composition with colleagues; arranges subject, lighting, camera equipment and any microphones; inserts lenses and adjusts aperture and speed settings as necessary; operates scanning equipment to transfer image to computer and manipulates image to achieve the desired effect; photographs subject or follows action by moving camera; takes, records and manipulates digital images and digital video footage; controls transmission, broadcasting and satellite systems for television and radio programmes, identifies and solves related technical problems; checks operation and positioning of projectors, vision and sound recording equipment, and mixing and dubbing equipment; operates equipment to record, edit and play back films and television programmes; manages health and safety issues; operates sound mixing and dubbing equipment to obtain desired mix, level and balance of sound.

Script Writer

Job holders in this unit group write, edit and evaluate literary material for publication including scripts and narrative for film, TV, radio and computer games and animations.

What’s Involved?

A Script Writer determines subject matter and researches as necessary by interviewing, attending public events, seeking out records, observing etc. They generate and develop creative ideas for literary material. They also select material for publication, check style, grammar and accuracy of content, arrange for any necessary revisions and check proof copies before printing.

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The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.
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