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Level 3 Diploma in Media (UAL)

  • Fee
    16-18 Free  /  19+ £2,882*
  • Duration of course Diploma – 1 year (36 weeks) Extended Diploma – 2 years (72 weeks)
  • Course type Full-time (16-18s); Part-time (Adults)
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults


Each year, City of Westminster College’s media students are invited to film the world’s biggest mile, which marked the 60th anniversary of Roger Bannister’s four minute mile and Diane Leather’s five minute mile. In the lead up to the 2015 Bupa Westminster Mile marking the 30th anniversary of Steve Cram’s world mile record, the video of last year’s event made by CWC’s Media students has been released and is being used as part of the publicity campaign for the 2018 race.

The video premiered at the Active Westminster Awards at Lord’s Cricket Ground in November 2016 and features interviews with Mo Farrah and Roger Bannister. The music was mixed by HND Music Production students and was recorded at the college.

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

You will focus on different areas of the creative media industry that employers and companies have identified as desirable skills in employees. No matter which group you study in, your skills will be focused on practical projects and development of relevant theory.

Each project will offer a focused study into an important area of the industry. The idea behind this course to provide learners with the strongest opportunity for employment and provide skills that can be applied in all areas of media, film photography and sound.

We believe that it is important to support you so that you can pursue a future in creative media production, so the course will include helping you to improve and develop your communication skills with additional GCSE English and Maths where appropriate if you have progressed from a lower level vocational co Each year is structured with assessment points where you will submit work. You will also have classes during the year that study industry skills, practices and protocols. During your course you will complete units such as;

·       Speech Package Production
·       Pre-production Techniques
·       Audio-Visual Editing Techniques
·       Single Camera Techniques
·       Designing Idents for TV
·       Sound Recording Techniques
·       Digital Photography
·       Creating a Showreel
·       Multi-Camera Production

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Progression to a degree course at university in a related subject such as BA in Media Production or into sector related work. Apprenticeships programmes within the Creative Media Sector subject to successful applications.

How will I learn?

You will be expected to work independently on college projects outside of class time. You will go on some visits normally within college time

How will I be assessed?


You will be assessed continually through practical project work, coursework, written assignments and through giving presentations

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc

You will be expected to work independently on college projects outside of class time. You will go on some visits normally within college time.

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

To be a successful applicant to our programmes in Media and Sonic Arts you should have the following qualifications:

  • You will have a minimum 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language Or
  • A Level 2 qualification at Merit or above with Functional Skills Literacy qualification at Level 2
  • At interview you will need to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to this area of work.
  • You will take an Initial Assessment at interview, which you will need to pass at Level 2 to gain access to the course.

All courses are subject to a successful and positive reference from a previous tutor or employer.

Expected prior knowledge

You will be expected to demonstrate knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for TV and Film. In addition students are required to show a portfolio of moving image work, which they have significantly contributed towards the creation of.

English level

Minimum of Grade C at GCSE.

Mathematics level

Minimum of Grade C at GCSE is desirable but not essential.

Equipment and other costs

You are not expected to provide your own equipment. However it may be beneficial for you to have your own Canon DSLR camera that records HD video or similar.

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email or come to one of our Open Days.


* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.