• Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    27 September 2021 to 9 June 2023

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: Pearson

Qualifications on offer: Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Creative Media Production (Film)

Summary of course

This is a highly practical programme designed for anyone with a keen interest in films and film-making. It covers script development, casting, filming, editing and understanding the work of contemporary film makers. Additional modules cover documentary film-making and music video-making. This programme will prepare students for employment in the film and television industries and will also give them the confidence to set up as an independent film-maker. No prior experience of film-making is required.

The course enables students to develop specialised knowledge and skills in the area of video/moving image production and to develop the ability to transfer these skills into the workplace. The modules provide an underpinning knowledge of the moving image industry, film theory and the production process from script-writing to filming and editing.

The course will be delivered through a series of seminars and practical workshops, with approximately 25% of your time focused on theoretical underpinning of the practical based elements. Outside of timetabled lessons, students will be expected to allocate at minimum of two full days per week in order to be able to film, as well as edit any assessed work and complete any research and written work.

Lessons are usually timetabled over two days per week, which include evening lessons in order to offer flexibility when it comes to part time work commitments.

Teaching staff have come direct from industry and are regularly involved in freelance work outside of their teaching commitments in order to provide students with up to date industry knowledge.

Stage 1:

During the first stage of the course, students will learn essential film-making skills, from scriptwriting to filming and editing and be introduced to the workings of the moving image industry and to film theory.

Stage 2:

During the second stage, students will develop and refine their film-making skills and knowledge of film theory and film history.

Special course features:

  • Highly practical digital-video production course
  • Emphasis on independent and low-budget film-making
  • Discover how to write, direct and edit your own films
  • Learn how to make documentaries and music videos

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Mandatory units:

  • Individual project (set by the exam board)
  • Creative Media Industry
  • Professional Practice
  • Film Practices
  • Film Studies
  • Editing for Film and Television
  • Collaborative Project (set by the exam board)
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Advanced Film Production Studies

Specialist Units:

  • Single Camera Techniques for Television
  • Cinematography - Camera
  • Documentary
  • Advanced Editing for Film and Television
  • Script writing for Film and Television
  • Multi-camera production

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

How is the course assessed?

This is a modular course and you will be assessed throughout the course through submission of units which will include contextual background, evidence of planning, submission of a completed practical piece of work along with reflective evaluation of the process.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you are interested in the practical elements of film-making and wish to gain a Level 4/5 qualification in film production.

Progression and Career Opportunities

This course will prepare students for employment in the film and television industries and will also give them the confidence to set up as independent filmmakers working outside the mainstream.

Graduates of this course have found employment in the media and film industries at a technical or junior level. Examples include floor or production runner, lighting trainee, assistant grip, camera trainee, independent film-maker, media, film and television industries. Other jobs have included marketing, advertising, public relations and wider communications industries, as well as education. Several have started their own companies and found international success in the film industry.

This course will also give students the skills to progress further onto the second year of a film production degree or on to the third year of the BA (Hons) Media Production and Moving Image at the University of Northampton.

Entry Requirements for new students

Students will require an appropriate Level 3 qualification which equates to a total of 48 UCAS points (such as 2 Ds or above in A Levels, an overall MP grade in BTEC Diploma or equivalent, an overall PASS grade in BTEC Extended Diploma or equivalent, an Access to HE Diploma or an Advanced Apprenticeship).

Students will also need to achieve a grade 4 [C] or above in English and Maths at GCSE level. Applicants aged 21 or older who do not have the entry requirements may be eligible for acceptance based on an interview.

Interview Requirements

With the cancellation of this summer's GCSE exams now confirmed, this is understandably a difficult and uncertain time for applicants planning to start college in September.

Your application is very important to us and we are committed to ensuring you receive the best possible experience.

We will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements.

If your application suggests that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text.

Course fee information


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