Media Level 3 Applied

Course Overview

Have you ever sat through the film credits and wondered what all those jobs are? Applied Media will give you an insight and a chance to try out a few of those roles first hand! The aim of Applied Media is to give you a hands-on chance to make media products, developing the skills that most interest you. 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.

This course is available to study as an: 

  • Extended Certificate (60-credit course, equivalent to 1 A Level) 
  • Diploma (120-credit course, equivalent to 2 A Levels) 
  • Extended Diploma (180-credit course, equivalent to 3 A Levels) 

The applied Media courses will suit you if you want to develop creative and artistic skills, if you enjoy playing with images and sound, if you like working with other people and if you are passionate about film, television, animation, graphics or radio. The Extended Certificate is focused on the Film & TV industry, and briefs will be set that help you learn skills in camera, audio, editing, pre-production, SFX & VFX, as well as soft skills crucial to the industry, like communication and working in a team. The Diploma and Extended Diploma cover more ground, and (as well as Film & TV) include projects in animation, graphic design, 3D, podcasts and careers. No matter what course you choose, our teachers will give you a huge amount of support, so you don’t need any prior knowledge.

Year 1 Modules

  • Film & TV Industry & Film Pre-production (Extended Certificate)
  • Filmmaking, Scriptwriting, Pitching, Sound (Diploma)
  • Sound, Visual and Special Effects, Graphic Design, 3D, Motion Graphics, App Design, Theory and your own media product choice of Final Major Project (Extended Diploma)

Year 2 Modules

  • Film Production, Scriptwriting & Sound (Extended Certificate)
  • Social Media, Cinematography, Visual and Special Effects (Diploma)
  • Title Sequence Design, Music Video, Animation, Research, and your own media product choice of Final Major Project (Extended Diploma)

Key Info

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Five GCSEs at Grade 4 including:
    • Grade 4 in GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature
    • Merit in Level 2 Media if taken

Assessment - Extended Certificate

  • 100% Coursework
  • Exam Board: UAL

Assessment - Diploma

  • 100% Coursework
  • Exam Board: UAL

Assessment - Extended Diploma

  • 100% Coursework
  • Exam Board: UAL

Exam Results 2022: 

  • Extended Certificate: 80% D* - D
  • Diploma: 10% D* - D
  • Extended Diploma: 33% D* - D


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Why choose this course? 

These courses will suit you if:

  • You want to develop creative and artistic skills
  • You enjoy playing with images and sound
  • You like working with other people
  • You are passionate about film/television/animation/graphics/radio

We have visiting speakers throughout the year and run trips to film festivals, visual effects festivals and cinemas; in previous years we have even taken students on trips to New York!

Skills you'll gain

The core filmmaking skills are taught on the Extended Certificate, the larger two courses have more breadth of media skills.

All the following: skills are taught on the Extended Diploma:

  • Camera (composition, colour, DSLR settings, movement)
  • Editing (Adobe Premiere)
  • Scriptwriting (script analysis, creating drama, characters, coming up with ideas)
  • Graphic Design (composition, colour theory, Adobe Photoshop skills, photography, Adobe Illustrator)
  • VFX & SFX (After Effects)
  • 3D design (Maya)
  • Animation
  • Research & Theory
  • Sound (Adobe Audition, getting production sound for film, podcast)

A range of 'soft', but no less essential skills such as:

  • reflection
  • evaluation
  • organisation
  • communication
  • working in groups
  • working to a specific brief,
  • developing an industry showreel
  • mapping a future career plan

After Long Road

Apprenticeships within the media industry are highly competitive, so the majority of our students progress onto University study.

Some students will move straight into industry, but relevant work experience is key to making this transition.

We strongly encourage all of our students to participate in industry relevant work experience, and support those students looking for work-experience placements.

Taking the Media Diploma was a fantastic opportunity to develop the skills I had but also experiment with different forms of art and media. I learnt how to use software packages such as Final Cut Pro, Photoshop and After Effects in addition to employing key principles in editing and cinematography