Creative Media Production - Level 3 Extended Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Art and Design

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time


This course covers all the stages of video production: planning and organising a shoot, developing script ideas, using digital video cameras, sound and editing equipment, understanding the professional, ethical, legal and management aspects of the industry, adding graphics and effects, and applying these skills in productions on and off-site.

These include projects for outside clients and other courses in the Performance Academy. We have a fully-equipped TV Studio and Production Gallery, and a 19 workstation MAC editing suite.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is ideal if you’re planning to progress to Higher Education with a view to pursuing a career in Media and Video Production.

Previous students have progressed to Foundation Degree and BA Hons. course’s in TV Production, Film and Cultural Studies, Journalism, Events Management and a range of other courses.

This course is particularly suitable for school leavers who have completed their statutory education.

Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the course, you will gain a BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative & Media Production, awarded by Edexcel.

You will also work towards relevant Functional Skills qualifications and other additional qualifications as part of your Learning Programme.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Applications received for Art and Design and Digital Arts courses will require an interview and portfolio check.

Course Content

All students study:

  • Research Techniques for the Media Industries
  • Pre-production techniques
  • Critical Approaches to Media Products
  • Understanding the Media Industries
  • Production Management Project
  • Professional Brief

Optional Units Include:

  • Film and Video Editing Techniques
  • Understanding Video Technology
  • Single Camera Techniques
  • Multi-camera Techniques
  • Factual Programme Production for Television
  • Working Freelance in the Media Industries
  • Audio Production Processes and Techniques
  • Corporate and Promotional Programme Production
  • Music Video Production
  • Designing Idents for TV
  • Interview Techniques for Media Production

Your course also includes functional skills. Functional skills are practical skills in English, information and communication technology (ICT) and mathematics that allow you to work confidently, effectively and independently in life, your community and work. Possessing these skills will help you to progress in education, training and employment and make a positive contribution in the community in which you live and work.

As well as functional skills being embedded into all aspects of your course you will receive a dedicated functional skills lesson to enable you to develop your skills in one or two of the three functional skills.

Learning Methods

The main methods used are a combination of lectures, interactive classroom teaching, practical sessions and private study.

You will be expected to work to deadlines, practice the techniques of video and media production and understand the impact that legal, ethical and other regulatory guidelines have on work in the video and media industries.

We ask students to work both as individuals and in teams, and there is always work to be done at home as part of most Units.

Assessment Methods

You will put together a portfolio of work, evidencing the units of the qualification, which is internally assessed and externally moderated as the course progresses.

Progression Opportunities

Successful students may progress to a Foundation Degree in a related subject area, or to a BA (Hons) Degree.

Career Opportunities

As an alternative to progressing to a higher education, you could seek employment at a junior or assistant level in video and media related occupations.

Students from similar courses have subsequently gained employment as a Researcher, Multi-Media Trainee, Camera Assistant, Studio Runner and Freelance Video Production Assistant.

Entry Requirements

You must have completed your compulsory school education and should have achieved at least one of the following

  • 5 GCSEs
  • A BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design
  • An Intermediate GNVQ in Art and Design
  • An alternative equivalent qualification at the appropriate level

If English is not your first language you will also need an IELTS score of 5.5 or above. In addition to this, you will also need to bring with you to interview a portfolio of relevant project work.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

Educational Visits

£25 approximately in advance of trips that will be undertaken during the course, for example, to film screenings and exhibitions, The National Media Museum in Bradford. Some will be free, but some will need payment.

Materials and Equipment

We will provide specialist equipment and some consumable materials. We will expect you to buy stationery and similar materials such as files, notebooks, pens etc. You will also need to buy blank DVDs for your own personal copies of work produced.

You should purchase a memory stick (minimum 1GB) to save work on and to transfer files. We also recommend that you buy the course textbook: BTEC National Media Production: Philip Holmes, Guy Starkey and Paul Baylis (published by Heinemann)

Please call (0191) 200 4000 or email to confirm the fee for this course.

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.

International learners

Newcastle College offers competitive tuition fees to learners who are resident of countries outside of the EU. For friendly advice please call our International team on +44 (0) 191 226 6323 for more information.

International Students: Additional start dates may be available for International Students, please contact
+44 191 226 6323 or email