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OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Progression following on from the OCR Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media, could be into employment or an Apprenticeship and on to Higher Education courses such as HNC / HND / Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) degree . You will have exposure to a range of practical activities through workshops, broadcasts, live events and real work experience to develop practical skills and build theoretical portfolios to prepare you for the next level of study.

Overview of the course: 

The OCR Level 3 programme is designed to help you expand your understanding of the Media Industry whilst developing your skills in planning and producing, researching and creating, filming and advertising and using digital technology throughout. You will have the opportunity to work in photography, gaming, animation, radio and moving image to name but a few. You will work on production projects for external clients, participate in educational visits to places and use the latest software. If you are passionate about working in Media, then this is the programme for you.

Entry requirements: 

Five 9-4 grade GCSEs (including Maths and English)


The programme is 'learner responsive' which means we build projects around the learners who have chosen this programme of study. You will be given guidance over the development of projects, which help you to develop independence. You will also participate in annual events such as the Zombie Apocalypse, capture a variety of corporate events using audio / visual equipment, have the opportunity to see professional studios at venues in London and experience a different culture in Holland.

How is the course assessed?: 

The work you complete is graded as 'Pass' / Merit / Distinction' and you will have two opportunities to submit work for assessment for each unit. The course is assessed internally by an Assessor, before being Internally and Externally Verified to check the marking is consistent. Assessment includes live capture, written submissions, viva voce (interview to camera), photographic evidence, sound track, music CD or DVD.

Further study options after this course: 

Students achieving a Merit at OCR Level 3 Extended Certificate in Digital Media, can progress onto the OCR Extended Diploma in Media (Level 3). Progression for most learners after successful completion of the Extended Diploma is onto a Foundation Degree, a HNC / HND or a BA (Hons) in Media. Alternative choices include employment within the media sector as a camera operator, games designer, radio producer, researcher, or production assistant, either working for an employer or as a freelance artist.

Length of the course: 

The OCR Level 3 Extended Diploma is part of a two year programme, with the Extended Certificate in Digital Media in year one; you will study across three to four days each week.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are: £4513.00

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19-23 on the day your main course starts and do not have a level 3 or above qualification you may not have any fees to pay.

If you do have a level 3 or above qualification or you are aged 24 years or over on the day your main course starts you may be able to take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for this course.

Please note, this is the second year of the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Creative Media Production fees are payable in year 1 and year 2.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (22 Jun 2018 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

‘I'm really pleased to be on this course. It is really fun and we develop our understanding of different areas of the media industry. Going to London and visiting the BBC was very informative’

‘I really love this course. I've been attacked by zombie children and worked with the BFI. I've recorded theatre and created films. The course is definitely helping me operate in the media world’

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