Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year TBC Full-Time Bede Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This course is for those who enjoy media and would like to develop their creative practical and analytical skills, along with developing their understanding of how the media industry functions. It’s a fantastic starting point for further education in media production, creative writing, marketing and advertising. The course uses a combination of theoretical and practical study, and uses a range of teaching methods generally within a classroom environment. You will create an online profile by means of an electronic blog where you will upload all your work and create an interactive online portfolio.

Studying media enhances skills in analysis, communication, and practical production, resulting in a range of transferable skills valued by colleges, universities and employers alike. The course provides a strong foundation for further study, and many of our Level 2 students have stayed with us through to level 3 and have gone on to study degrees at University in media related areas. Employers also appreciate the breadth of analytical, research, communication, organisational, technical and creative skills the subject gives you.

You’ll need a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 3 including English.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits which may incur a small cost.

Your studies on the course will help develop your academic and practical skills, with a combination of theoretical and creative work which will provide you with a platform for study at a higher level. Your speaking and listening skills will be developed and encouraged due to a strong emphasis on interactive, student-centered learning. You might also take part in cinema and university visits as a way of developing understanding and appreciation of film. Practical elements will be handled in a workshop environment, offering the use of specialist editing software in a computer room, and access to TV studios/green screens. Resources such as cameras, lighting, microphones and associated equipment are available to learners to film creative projects.

Your assessment is entirely coursework based, with your modules being assessed via your electronic portfolio. You will present your work in a variety of formats including video, audio, essay, presentation. There are no examinations to sit.

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

You will have the opportunity of undertaking a one week placement where you get the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the workplace working alongside professionals in the media industry.

Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Throughout the course you will study and develop a wide range of skills used in the media industry. You will develop your practical skills by learning how to film and edit short film productions. You will increase your knowledge and understanding of sound and its uses in video production. You will experiment with digital effects, green screen work and post production techniques in order to create your own visual effects. You will learn how to operate in the media industry by gaining an appreciation of planning and managing projects, as well as being able to design and pitch advertising campaigns. Your theoretical skills will be developed through your ability to research into media concepts and examples, and also create and conduct your own personalized research projects.

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What’s next?

After successfully completing the course and passing all your units you could then progress onto Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production. ultimately this could then provide you with a path to Higher Education or employment.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

We are the College of the Year

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College?

94.7% of our students progressed to further study, university or employment


(*Based on 16-18 year olds desination data 2016/17 academic year)

Our achievement rates are well above the national average

We have the widest range of courses in the region.

We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.