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BTec Level 3: Media

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code BTEC/L3/Media
Qualification Type National Extended Certificate (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The Aim of this course is to develop young film makers who strive for excellence and originality in their work.  Students will be expected to develop the skills required in the Film production life cycle, including an understanding and ability to apply varying research techniques, communication and planning skills, technical skills such as the ability to use film and sound recording equipment, an understanding of different shots and angles used in film, creative skills and the ability to edit to a high standard.  In so doing, students will achieve academically and develop skills and a passion that they will carry forward into many different aspects of their life.

You will enjoy this course if you wish to develop:

  • skills and knowledge relevant to a particular media sector in particular film
  • an understanding of professional practice in the media industry
  • an appreciation of the way the media industry in structured and how it works
  • a show-reel or portfolio of work


There are three mandatory units, one internal and two external. Learners must complete and achieve at Near Pass grade or above in all mandatory external units and achieve a Pass or above in all mandatory internal units. 

Optional units
Learners must complete at least one optional unit.

Mandatory units – learners complete and achieve all units
1 Media Representations                        90       Mandatory and Synoptic     External
4 Pre Production Portfolio                      90       Mandatory                             Internal
8 Responding to a Commission           120       Mandatory                             External
Optional units – learners complete 1 unit
10 Film Production – Fiction                  60        Optional                                 Internal

Exam Board: Edexcel

How will it be delivered?

Over the two years students need to complete four units. Unit 4 and Unit 10 will require students to plan and produce a short film. Students will be expected to develop their knowledge and understanding of the film production process by way of some initial modelling tasks before starting these units in year 12. Students will take a practical exam (Unit 8) at the end of year 12 which will draw on the students understanding of the film production process. Unit 1, which will be sat as an examined paper in year 13, requires learners to consider how different media representations are constructed by media producers to create meaning, messages and values, this will require students to look at a range of media products including film, TV, radio and magazines.

Exam Board:  Edexcel

Entry requirements

5 Grade 4’s and above to include a keen interest in Media and a Merit in Level 2 Media BTEC or GCSE Media, if taken. Access to a computer is essential.

Your next steps...

A Level Media qualifies for UCAS points so if you complete it successfully you could move on to study for a degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma in related subjects.  You could also go on to relevant employment.


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