Reading the news as it breaks to the world, providing the images that go with the stories, working in production, operating the camera, or simply being part of the broadcast, film, print or digital media industry - the people who work within the mass media enjoy exciting, challenging and diverse careers. Whichever appeals to you, we offer real opportunities to train and enter this fast moving world.
By taking a course in media studies, you’ll develop the necessary technical skills to begin a career in the Media, Journalism, Film, Communications or e-Media. Our range of courses is aimed at developing technical, academic and transferable skills that are relevant to the media industries. Most courses provide opportunities for you to visit television studios, radio stations and cinemas to give you a broad knowledge and understanding of how the industry operates. In addition, there’ll be talks from visiting speakers and the possibility of industrial experience. Interesting, stimulating and always popular, our media programmes provide a real start point for an exciting career. If you have ambition, are self-driven and are prepared to work hard, you could be making the headlines.
You’ll be taught by teachers with professional media experience, from radio, newspapers, magazines, television and film.
Our specialist resources include:
• Television and radio studios
• High spec film and still cameras
• Apple Mac Pro computers with industry standard software (including Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Shake, Maya and InDesign).
As well as the main academic programme, you'll also be expected to take part in the College Enrichment Programme, which offers a wide range of activities such as sign language, sports, drumming, driving test theory and many more.
For more information please see our Enrichment area.
Ollie completed his Media course with literally top marks. He was awarded a Distinction* and achieved the maximum amount of points possible on a Level 2 course!
He chose the First Diploma because of the assessment methods. “I always knew I wanted to do Media, but I’ve never been very good at exams, so I didn’t want to go down the more formal A Level route and chose this course because it’s highly practical. I’d also looked around the College at an Open Event and was really impressed with the facilities available to learners.”
“The course covered all aspects of the Media Industry. I particularly liked learning about all the different elements that go into the production of a magazine – it’s amazing how much time and effort it takes.” Ollie has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, but found he did not need any extra help with his learning. ‘I always knew additional support was available if I needed it, but I didn’t.”
During his time at College, Ollie also worked alongside the Additional Support Team mentoring an autistic learner. “I find it really rewarding and enjoy helping others. As soon as I finished College in the summer I did some work experience at my old school. I worked as a Learner Support Assistant supporting learners with varying degrees of special needs.”
Ollie has a special word of thanks to his teachers. “When I first came to College I lacked a lot of confidence and self-belief. But the teachers are great – they reassure you and make you trust in your own abilities. I think that’s the most valuable thing I’ll take away from my College experience. It was their encouragement, together with my determination to do well, that helped me achieved the grade I did. I couldn’t believe it when I heard – I’m told those marks have never been awarded in the history of the course at college!”
Ollie’s College experience doesn’t end there. He’s returning in September on the National Diploma in Media Production. When it comes to plans after college, Ollie’s not sure ‘I really don’t know what I want to do then I leave. The National Diploma is a two year course, so hopefully at the end of the first year I’ll have a bit more of an idea.
During your time at College, you'll be assigned a personal tutor, who will be responsible for monitoring your academic progress. You'll attend a tutorial meeting every week and part of this time will be allocated to group activities, such as recognising your best learning style, study skills, revision skills, careers education, financial matters and much more. The other part will be dedicated to an individual progress review, enabling your tutor to make sure you're on track to get the best grades possible.