Level 3 Technical Diploma Film and Television Production

Start date(s):
3 Sep 2018
2 years
Level 3
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Study Mode:
Full Time
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Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
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This course is perfect for those looking to develop their digital media skills. You will gain an understanding of the film production process and camera techniques.

You will explore the theory and practice of sound editing, as well as scriptwriting techniques for media products.


Art room

Portfolio building day at the Baltic

Our art and design students attended a trip to the Baltic for a portfolio building day.


This qualification is designed to support learners who are interested in a two-year, full-time course. Completion of this course meets entry requirements for a course in technical media production-related study at Foundation Degree level. The qualification enables learners to explore a choice of sector areas, enabling progression to either higher education or employment in the media sector.


  • Digital Media Skills (Year 1): Learners look at the creative digital media technical skills required to produce a product to a prescribed brief.
  • Media Enterprise (Year 1): Learners will develop a brief for the production of a new media product or service. They will develop and apply enterprise skills to plan and produce the product.
  • Responding to a Commission (Year 1): This unit considers the commissioning process and how media producers respond to clients by generating ideas using a range of skills.
  • Film Production – Fiction (Year 1): This unit will focus on the process of producing a short narrative film or film extract that uses generic conventions.
  • Storyboarding for Digital Media (Year 2): Learners will gain an understanding of the storyboarding techniques used for digital media production and develop skills to produce storyboards for a range of media.
  • Scriptwriting (Year 2): Learners will develop their understanding of the role of scriptwriters before exploring scriptwriting techniques and developing scripts for media products.
  • Single Camera Techniques (Year 2): This unit will explore the techniques needed to produce a single camera production.
  • Film Editing (Year 2): Learners will explore the purposes and techniques of editing for film and television and develop skills in different editing tools to produce a final, edited sequence.
  • Sound Editing (Year 2): Learners will explore the theory and practice of sound editing and record their own examples of soundtracks for identified purposes.
  • Multi camera Techniques (Year 2): This unit focuses on techniques for multi camera production. The unit explores filming in a studio, outside broadcast and event production that requires the use of multiple cameras.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Students have access to a wide variety of resources and course related materials on our online learning system (Schoology). Your study programme will include preparation for employment and an expectation to complete relevant work experience and independent study.
You will study 10 units; of which four are mandatory and two are external. Mandatory content (50%). External assessment (33%).

Maths and English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, do not worry, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will have the opportunity to re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills. These qualifications will help you enhance your maths and English skills and can be taken at levels between Entry Level 1 up to and including Level 2. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.

Industry links:

To enhance the programme and the student experience we work with a number of media companies and industry professionals. We have projects and work experience placements currently running with The Media Hub in Sunderland, County Durham Cricket Media Centre and Bishop FM. Guest Speakers include media practitioners from the BBC and ITV, Communicorp and Metro FM.

You could progress to a foundation degree in a technical media production-related subject.

Meet our students

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Ryan is a freelance photographer for events and gigs and is also employed by Apple.

FE Helen Lumley

Helen Lumley

Helen progressed to The University of Sunderland to study Broadcast Media Production.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

Additional Costs

We ask all students to contribute £30 to trips and visits payable in September. We recommended learners purchase a set of headphones, a hard drive 500GB and an SDHC card 32gb for video.

We also recommend the two texts below which are developed by the examining body:
  • Revise BTEC National Creative Digital Media Production Revision Guide; Publisher: Pearson, Author: Julia Sandford-Cooke, Lesley Davis, Philip Holmes, Sarah Holmes, Daniel Freaker, ISBN: 9781292150246. Ideal for classroom or independent study, this Revision Guide with ActiveBook is the smart choice for learners studying for the externally assessed units 1, 3, 5 and 8 of the new BTEC Nationals in Creative Media Production qualifications.
  • Revise BTEC National Creative Digital Media Production Revision Workbook; Publisher: Pearson, Author: Julia Sandford-Cooke, Lesley Davis, Philip Holmes, Sarah Holmes, Daniel Freaker, ISBN: 9781292150239, This Revision Workbook delivers hassle-free hands-on practice for the externally assessed units.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited for an interview upon receipt of your application. At interview you will be given details of the programmes available, you will meet some of the curriculum team and will have an opportunity to see the classrooms in which you will study. The lecturer who interviews you will ask a series of questions to find out more about you and your career aspirations and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the course.

Your parent/guardian is welcome to attend the interview with you.

Entry Criteria

Ideally, you will hold five GCSEs at grade 4 or appropriate BTEC qualification(s) at Level 2 and achievement in English and mathematics through GCSE or Functional Skills.