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Media Level 3 Applied

Level 3 Applied Courses

Working in the media industry requires you to be multi-skilled and highly adaptable; here at Long Road we support you in becoming just that!

You’ll be given the opportunity to go on residential trips and day trips to cinemas, universities and even New York.

Live client briefs mean you develop the skills and experiences valued by employers and universities and if you’re eager for more, our friendly staff will be on hand to help you apply for work experience, internships, apprenticeships or university.

You can choose to study this course as…

  • an Extended Certificate (60 credits) equivalent to one A Level,
  • a Diploma (120 credits) equivalent to two A Levels,
  • an Extended Diploma course (180 credits) equivalent to three A levels.

Course Content

The three sizes of Applied Media course differ in content. The smaller courses (Extended Certificate and Diploma) are focused on TV, industry, audio and filmmaking. The Extended Diploma covers a lot more ground, and includes animation, graphic design, 3D, audio, and visual effects (VFX), as well as TV and filmmaking. In all courses you will explore your own creativity and apply your ideas in different ways. There are a mix of projects including individual and small group productions.

Year 1

A typical year one student on the Extended Diploma will study a variety of projects, such as film poster design, producing a documentary film, making a podcast, and creating an animated title sequence.

Extended Certificate and Diploma students focus on filmmaking, studying pre-production, scriptwriting and editing. You will extend your camera skills with DSLRs. The Diploma course has three exams over both years, covering various parts of media including social media & industry.

You will have the chance to go on trips such as the VFX Festival in London, and New York (should we be permitted to run them).

Year 2

In Extended Diploma you will continue extending your skills in a variety of media areas, such as short film, music video, photography, magazine design. You will have a choice as to what area of the media you wish to specialise in, where you will create a Final Major Project (Diploma and Extended Diploma only), developing skills in research, practical, problem solving and evaluation.

Extended Certificate and Diploma students will develop the year one filmmaking skills, pushing them to a higher level, usually making a music video, and practising visual and special effects.

You will get support and guidance on your choice of university, apprenticeship or how to progress directly into the industry.


  • Extended Certificate
    • 100% Coursework
    • Exam Board: UAL
  • Diploma
    • 50% Coursework
    • 50% Exam
    • Exam Board: OCR
  • Extended Diploma
    • 100% Coursework
    • Exam Board: UAL

Special Features

You will attend masterclasses given by external practitioners and former students now working in the creative industries. You will also attend media related trips and visits to see practitioners at work.

You will have access to a wide variety of software including the Adobe Suite (Premiere, Photoshop, After Effects, Animate, InDesign, XD, Audition), Maya (3D), Waveform Tracktion and Garageband.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4, including GCSE English .
  • Grade 5 in GCSE Media Studies, or Merit in Level 2 Applied Media, if taken.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

You will be able to progress to a creative apprenticeship or undertake further training to support future employment in the creative industries.

Degrees being taken by students who recently competed their studies are Film and Moving Image Production at Norwich University of the Arts and Digital Media at Leeds University.

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