*Star Media Academy*

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Qualification type: 90 Credits and Extended Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body EDEXCEL
Academic year: 2017/2018
Start date September 2017
Duration 1 or 2 years (discussed at interview)
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

Level 3 Btec Diploma in Creative Media Production – 1 year

Level 3 Btec Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production – 2nd year

This unique learning experience is ideal for talented would-be journalists, broadcasters and marketeers who want to gain Level 3 qualifications, taught by industry professionals.  This course will give students a dynamic and exhilarating live work experience within broadcasting. Students will have opportunities to meet and interview ‘real stars’/help Star to create the day’s news/ be involved in programming for shows…giving them very practical experience, crucial for CVs.

The Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels and allows you to progress to any university Hons Degree, subject to grades.

See yourself as a journalist, press officer or publicist?  This may be the course for you.

*You will be required to participate in trips and visits which may incur costs. You be notified of any trips and visits in a timely manner.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A*-C including GCSE English or an appropriate level 2 qualification (at a merit if graded) and a satisfactory school report.
We will request a school or college report and you will attend an interview at the college.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

Teaching and learning is achieved by using a range of methods including formal classes, set tutorial periods, workshops and live broadcasts to support many of the unit assessments.

The provisional units planned are: News Production for Radio; Factual Programme Production for Radio; Photography; Video Production; Understanding the Media Sector; Communication skills; Copy Writing; Layout and Design.

* These units may be subject to change and are only representative at this time. We do endeavour to keep our units as accurate as possible. You will be provided with a finalised full course overview at Connecting to College.

How will I be assessed

Continuous assignment assessment

Things you may need

Passport Hard drive

Recommended Toshiba or Seagate Digital My Passport 500GB Minimum

Pair of headphones


Ring binders, paper wallets, plastic wallets, A4 writing pad, Reporter’s Notebook, pencils, pens, ruler, pencil sharpener, eraser

What next

Career opportunities exist to enter the industry at junior level in many job roles, including:

  • Broadcast journalist
  • Publicist
  • Press officer
  • Media marketing executive
  • Public relations manager
  • Media advertising director

We do recommend further study, such as an NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, if you are wishing to progress within these roles.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

This course is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies.

If you are 19 - 23 years of age fees may apply. However help may be available. To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030.

Course fees are payable to Darlington College. Registration and membership fees may be payable. All course fees are per year.

If you are 24+ then this course qualifies for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. Full details on the www.studentfinancedirect.co.uk

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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