TV & Film Production

Course Title:   Film & TV Production 

Exam Board and Specification No. Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Film & TV Production 

Why is this subject important, valuable and engaging?

This qualification is designed to give you an understanding of Film & TV production whilst developing transferable creative, enterprise and technical skills. We use an exciting film school based approach that puts you at the centre of the filmmaking process as you develop your ability to ‘think in film’, as you develop a practical & experiential understanding of filmmaking. You will gain knowledge and skills in areas such as fictional film production, live TV show production with multi Camera set up in our fully equipped TV studio, and can select to gain experience in creating a wide range of moving image productions including documentary film, advertising, music video, script writing, storyboarding and lighting techniques, through a range of practical and industry based projects. This course is designed around the central idea that you are the creative director and that you are encouraged to create films/TV shows and online YouTube style content as you develop your own unique style and learn to express yourself in using industry standard digital moving image techniques.

What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course?

A good base for this course would be GCSE Media studies, Music, Photography, BTEC Creative Media or Film Studies. You should have good ICT skills or be willing to learn and be enthusiastic about visual communication for example YouTubers, photographers, social media addicts, gamers and lovers of technology. This provides a good foundation for learning to use the latest software and hardware for filmmaking.

This course is an ideal combination for musicians choosing to enrol on our highly successful music course. You will be able to combine subjects for industry standard products including creating soundtracks and sound design for your films and creating music videos for your original songs. 

Experience in Art, Music, Photography, Technology or Design subjects would be advantageous for the production elements of the course.

What will I learn on this course?

This course is designed to provide you with a captivating and informative introduction to the role and increasing influence of film/TV/moving image in the mass media industry in society today. You will develop a critical understanding of moving image media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of production skills. This will allow you to develop a broad portfolio to support applications to university, industry placements and employment. The moving image industry allows a career to be started from home eg as a YouTuber, a wedding video filmmaker or music video producer etc.

This course will explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts whilstDeveloping your ability to ‘think in film’ and other transferrable media skills.

Alongside creating professional multimedia products you will have the opportunity to develop specialist skills such as journalism skills and attributes necessary to succeed in TV and documentary making industries. Furthermore our TV & Films students can work in projects with students from other courses eg working with musicians, journalists and design students. Our students gain valuable experience in producing real life TV shows for example previous projects have been to conduct interviews with local MPs, Secretary of State for Education, leading politician Alastair Campbell, Olympic gold medallist Jason Gardener, explorers, writers, broadcast professionals and industry leaders.

What key skills will I develop?

You will learn how to work with industry-standard software, including the full Adobe Cloud suite of software which is installed on all computers in our building. This includes Premiere Pro, After Effects and Photoshop, to produce professional-level multimedia products.

You will also use technical equipment such as TV and film cameras, TriCaster, lighting, digital cameras, lighting consoles, teleprompter, sound equipment and much more. 

How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework)

This qualification is equivalent in size to two A Levels. 10 units of which 4 are mandatory and 2 are externally assessed.  You will primarily be graded on creating original short films, TV shows, YouTube videos and other moving image productions often of your own choice. You will be assessed on other enterprise skills such as teamwork, professionalism, and creativity. You will write proposals and pitches for a commission and develop a treatment outlining ideas and concepts. You will understand the various roles and responsibilities within the industry, and how these roles work together to produce digital moving image content.

Mandatory units group A – learners complete and achieve all units

3 Digital Media Skills 

8 Responding to a Commission 

10 TV & Film Production Fictional 

Mandatory unit group B – learners complete all units

7 Media Enterprise 

Optional units group C – learners complete 6 units

Unit 18 Storyboarding for Digital Media (ideal for students into anime/Manga/Comic books)

Unit 21 Digital film editing  

Unit 19 Scriptwriting 

Unit 36 Lighting Techniques 

Unit 20 Single Camera Techniques 

Unit 35 Multi Camera Techniques 

Unit 24 Sound Recording techniques (ideal for musicians taking our music course)

Unit 25 Sound Editing Techniques (ideal for musicians taking our music course)

What could this course lead to?

The qualification has been designed in consultation with employers and will support application to entry level roles within the TV and film industry, to start their own YouTuber career, or to further training and apprenticeships where appropriate. The focus on technical skills allows students to apply for, or succeed in self employed roles such as:

• Director

• Scriptwriter

• Actor

• TV & Film runner

• Director of Photography 

• YouTuber

• Journalist

• Cinematographer 

  • Editor


This course can also progress into higher education and full degree courses for example:

Digital Media



TV production 

Film Studies

Creative Media Production

Film Production 

Television production 

Multimedia Journalism

What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include?

Potential trips include visiting Media production companies such as the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London and the BBC studios in Bristol. There are also opportunities to go abroad and explore the media processes in places such a New York. There are opportunities for external location shoots at Music venues to film our music students. 

The course also has visiting seminars from industry professionals within the TV, Film and media sectors and culminates with a showcase exhibition of student films at the prestigious Little Theatre Cinema in Bath. We have also showcased work at art galleries such as 44AD and Walcot Chapel. 

Who do I contact if I have any further questions?