Sixth Form Film and Television Production

Subject Title: National Diploma in Film and Television Production

BTEC or AS/ A2 levels: BTEC

Grade ranges: Distinction – Pass

Exam Board: Pearsons

Method of assessment: Continuous assessment via assignments

Length of course: 2 years

Information about the course to include units covered

The BTEC National Diploma in Film and Television Production is equivalent in size to two A levels and it is aimed at learners looking to progress to employment in this sector. The qualification has been designed in consultation with employers as a two-year programme of study, normally in conjunction with one or more qualifications at level 3. It is intended as a Tech Level, and as such is designed to meet the Tech Bacc measure when studied alongside Level 3 Mathematics and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). No prior study of the sector is needed, but learners should normally have a range of achievement at level 2 in GCSEs or equivalent qualifications.
The qualification includes four mandatory units which develop a learner’s professional understanding of the industry and introduce film and television production skills. Learners understand how to write proposals and pitches for a commission and to develop a film and television treatment outlining their ideas and concepts. They learn to work together in teams and individually to produce film and television projects. Through optional units in areas such as editing, camera techniques, lighting and scriptwriting students develop their technical skills to gain an understanding of roles and responsibilities within the industry.

Entry requirements:

4+ in English (Media GCSE not mandatory but preferred 4+)

Possible exit routes:

The qualification has been designed in consultation with employers and will support application to entry level roles within the film and television industry or to further training and apprenticeships where appropriate. The focus on technical skills in film and television allows students to apply for apprenticeships in areas such as: Production Lighting, Studio operations, Studio facilities<

Previous students of similar course have gone on to industry internships in marketing and in television production and further study at universities across the country.