Why study Media?

This course is designed for young people with a passion for everything that is media. In a fast changing industry where the UK is a world leader in Digital media and media production this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to compete with the best. Aimed at young people interested in different Media platforms, Marketing, Photography, Journalism, Film and Advertising industries, this course will teach you how to use the same programmes as the professionals to create and produce your own productions. You will get to grips with key terminology and learn important creative practical and technical skills from our industry professional tutors.

Working as part of team and on your own, you will learn how to ‘think like a creative’ and be taught the best ways to turn those ideas into reality in the interactive media world of mobile phone apps, music videos, television I-dents & stop motion animation.  You will leave the BCA with a professional, digitalised portfolio of your coursework. Your tutors will help you craft this essential tool to help you move to the next stage of your creative career or learning.

Open Events
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Age Requirements
All BCE courses are for learners aged 16-18 as of 31 August 2019.

However, if you have a learning difficulty and/or disability with a valid Education and Healthcare Plan, you can study with us up to the age of 25.

Level 2

Digital media plays an essential role in music, marketing and media. This course is for young people who are interested in becoming part of the media industry. You will gain the necessary practical knowledge that video makers, digital brand builders and journalist need in their working lives. Working with industry professionals, you will learn to shoot and edit high quality videos, create podcasts and dynamic media platforms to promote brands, engage clients and showcase events.

What you will learn:

  • Introducing Media Products and Audiences
  • Audio-Visual Media Skills
  • Audio Media Skills
  • Visual Effects for Media Products
Course entry requirements:

3 GCSEs at grade D or above (including English) or equivalent

Applicants who do not have a D in GCSE English must have Functional Skills English at Level 1.

Course duration and start date:

The course will begin in September 2019 and lasts for one year

What qualification(s) will I receive?

  • OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Media

Learners with a grade D in GCSE English and/or Maths will complete a GCSE re-sit alongside their course.

Learners with a grade E or below in English and/or Maths will work towards achieving their Functional Skill qualification alongside their course.

Progression Opportunities

We would actively encourage you to progress onto one of our Level 3 programmes at Big Creative Academy. This will allow you to further develop your creative skills and continue to focus on your English and/or Maths.

Alternatively, if you have five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English and Maths) then you can progress onto one of our BCE Apprenticeship programmes.

You also have the option to progress into employment.

Level 3

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production 



The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology has been designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree-level study and employment in the media sector. 

It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in media to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study in higher education or employment. 



What you will learn:   

Year 1  Year 2 
  • Introduction to media processes and technical skills 
  • Introduction to design and research skills in creative media production 
  • Introduction to professional practice in creative media production 
  • Critical and contextual awareness in creative media production 
  • Investigating audio production and technology 
  • Investigating visual production and technology 
  • Investigating visual production and technology 
  • Developing a creative media production project. 



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These units are broken down into a range of Creative and Media projects in Advertising, Scene Recreation, Music Video, and Animation. You will also research creative and media career opportunities and end the year with a Final Major Project of your choice.  


  • Characteristics and contexts in creative media production 
  • Engaging with and audience in creative media production 
  • Preparing for progression in creative media production 
  • Specialist study in creative media production 
  • Extended project in creative media production 





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In the 2nd year you will specialise in Animation, Print, Television and Film projects. You will create a range of media products such as a documentary, live multi-cam TV programme and a short film, with a particular focus on producing a portfolio of work that will propel you into university or a career in the Media sector.  




Course entry requirements:  5 GCSEs at grade A-C (4 or above) including English (or equivalent). 
Course duration and start date:  The course will begin in September 2019 and lasts for two years. 

What qualification(s) will I receive? 

  • UAL Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production (1 year) 
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production Diploma (2 years) 

 UAL Qualifications do not currently appear in the performance tables. This is because performance tables are mainly for exam based subjects and not vocational diplomas equivalent to 3 A-Levels. The DFE is working alongside UAL with a view for this to change in due course.


Learners who already have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above (4 or above) will also work towards the Bronze Arts Award (Enterprise Qualification).

Learners with a grade D (or 3) in GCSE English and/or Maths will complete a GCSE re-sit alongside their course.

Learners with a grade E (or 2) or below in Maths will work towards achieving their Functional Skill qualification alongside their course. 

Progression Opportunities  If you are keen to move into employment but wish to continue training in the creative industries and have five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English and Maths), then you can progress onto one of our BCE Apprenticeship programs.

Those of you who wish to continue your learning in an education environment, have the option to progress into Higher Education either at a University or studying for a HNC/HND program.

If you are not keen on continuing to study further, you can progress directly into employment. 




Will I receive support throughout my course?

At Big Creative Education, we pride ourselves on offering support to all of our young people throughout their programme.

We have a number of learners who have a range of support needs from specific learning difficulties, or autistic spectrum disorders to mental health conditions, amongst others. If you currently have a valid Education and Health Care Plan or a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA), you will be entitled to government funded support from your local authority to ensure we help you achieve the best from your learning.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of learning support, please do not hesitate to contact Lauren (Entry Level to Level 2) or Shayne (Level 3) on 020 8498 3300.

For more information about the support we offer to learners please click here

How will I be taught and assessed?

All of our courses are vocational which means they are designed to compliment learners with a visual and kinaesthetic learning style.

As a result, you will be assessed via a range of both practical and written assignments.

What happens after I submit an Application?

Once you have submitted your application online, you will be contacted via post and email with an interview appointment. Our interview evenings happen on a monthly basis so you will never wait more than 30 days for an appointment.

Your interview is an opportunity for you to showcase and discuss your creative skill set with our industry professional tutors. We actively encourage applicants to attend their interviews with either a portfolio of work (if you have it) or an audition piece (if you’re applying for Music Performance or Performing Arts).

At the end of your interview you will receive a conditional offer for September subject to achieving the entry criteria. This will also be confirmed in writing so you have something to keep as a reminder.