St John Plessington Catholic College

About the Course:

This course is a BTEC First Diploma, equivalent to four GCSEs at Grade C or above. It is suitable for those students who wish to explore a vocational route in 6th Form and is a one year course.  The First Diploma in Media is a qualification comprising core and specialist units which cover aspects of  knowledge, understanding and competency necessary for employment within the sector. As such the course offers a qualification which can extend a learner’s programme of study and provide vocational emphasis within their programme of study. Equally, the course offers a focused qualification for  learners who wish to follow a programme of study that is directly related to work experience, or to an aspect of employment that they wish to move into in due course.


CORE UNITS – students will study all three of these:

  • Unit 1 Introduction to Media Industries
  • Unit 2 Research for Media Production
  • Unit 3 Introduction to Media Audiences and Products

SPECIALIST UNITS – students will study four of these:

  • Unit 4 Video Production
  • Unit 5 Audio Production
  • Unit 6 Print Production
  • Unit 7 Advertising Production
  • Unit 8 Interactive Media Production
  • Unit 9 Photography Techniques
  • Unit 10 Animation Techniques
  • Unit 11 Writing for Media
  • Unit 12 Web Authoring
  • Unit 13 Factual Production for the Media
  • Unit 14 Reviewing Computer Games
  • Unit 15 2D Computer Games
  • Unit 16 Digital Graphics
  • Unit 17 Media Production Project
  • Unit 18 Computer Games Testing
  • Unit 19 3D Computer Game Engines

Progression Routes

Learners who complete a BTEC First Diploma in Media will obtain a qualification which will give them the chance to progress to further study, training or employment and enable them to make informed choices with regards to a career in the media industry. Students will have developed media technology skills that may be applicable in other work situations.  Further pursuit of Media Studies naturally leads to careers in journalism, marketing, advertising or public relations. However, an awareness of how the world of media works can also support other careers such as social work, law and education. By knowing how the media operates you will be able to interpret information more skilfully, and engage with topics that interest you.

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