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Level: Advanced (Level 3)Awarding Body: OCR

Why study CTEC Diploma in Digital Media (Level 3)?

Film and TV are two of the world’s biggest industries. The Cambridge Diploma in Digital Media has been developed to meet the needs of the film, television and digital production industries in the U.K. and London specifically. Students will develop professional techniques and approaches in both theoretical and technical skills.

The course will enable students to develop and visualise ideas through the production cycle, from planning and scripting in pre-production through to filming, editing and post-production.

Students will also learn how different media institutions operate to create products that will appeal to specific target audiences and how meaning is created through visual codes.

What can it lead to?

In terms of progression and employment, at the end of their course students will have a clear understanding of the variety of opportunities available to them and the roles and responsibilities of various media organisations within the sector.

Most students who complete the CTEC Diploma in Digital Media will progress to university, where a wide range of media and film degree courses are on offer to students. Alternatively, students can choose to directly enter the screen industries in roles such as runner, production assistant, assistant director or as an intern.

How is the course organised?

Awarding Body: OCR

Five mandatory units and seven optional units over two years


Unit 1. Media Products and Audiences

Unit 2 Pre-Production and Planning

Unit 3 Create a Media Product

Unit 6 Social Media and Globalisation

Optional units include AV promos, visual and special FX, creation of sound in media, planning, pitching and script writing.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through a combination of coursework and three exams. The examined units are:

Unit 1: Media Products & Audiences (2 Hours)

Unit 2: Pre-production and Planning (2 Hours)

Unit 6: Social Media and Globalisation (2 hours)

The remaining units are assessed through coursework and students achieve a final grade for the course.

The qualifications are graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. At the conclusion of the qualification all unit grades are combined to achieve a final overall mark. The completed Diploma is equivalent to 2 A Levels.

What do I need to qualify for this course?

The General entry requirements are five GCSEs grades 9-4 for an Advanced Vocational programme, including English Language and Maths..

Who are the teachers?

Mr M Sewell. Lead teacher

Mr A Jones.

Plus technical and production support

You will also be taught and trained by a range of visiting lecturers, speakers and industry professionals.

What do students say about the course?

"Studying Digital Media is diverse. I am not restricted in my ideas and I can express my personality in my work. The teachers are great help, giving us resources to help with our work and always making time for their students, which is appreciated. The subject has also helped me improve my time management." – Daniel

Extra Curricular Resources


Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Digital Media

Victoria Allen, Karl Davis, Richard Howe, Ian Marshall, Kevin Wells