Digital Media
CTEC Level 3

Awarding Body: OCR

Qualification Level(s)

Available as:

  • Certificate (Year 1) to Extended Certificate (Year 2) – Equivalent to an A Level
  • Extended Certificate (Year 1) to Diploma (Year 2) – Equivalent to two A Levels

Course Description

Our Digital Media Production qualification, will provide you with opportunities to underpin theoretic and technical knowledge and apply it to digital media. This qualification will allow your creativity and flair to be harnessed in the design and production of media products used within the industry.

There are no additional entry requirements for this course. Please refer to the basic entry requirements.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

Three core units are taken by all students:

  • Media products and audiences
  • Pre-production and planning
  • Create a media product

And a range of specialist/optional units are also available:

  • Advertising
  • Plan and deliver a pitch for a media product
  • Scripting for media products

The course has been designed to be accessible to all who wish to learn or pursue a career within the games design industry. . Whilst on the course you will develop a broad range of skills complemented by a broad range of units that will be covered. You will learn new software skills by using industry software such as Unreal Games Engine, Unity and Photoshop and you will also develop an important range of employability skills to further support your skills and future career progression. This will include the development of research skills, essay and report writing, and communication skills.

During your course you will assessed in a variety of ways such as Internally assessed coursework units, externally assessed examined units.

Get ready for the world of work and take part in the College’s E6 programme, which integrates opportunity into academic study. Enhance your skills and take a range of E6 opportunities to broaden your abilities. There are a range of specific course options, which will include trips to major gaming industry events with a chance to test some newly released games. There will also be visits to both the University of Portsmouth and Southampton Solent University, alongside professionally-led workshops sessions delivered through the course curriculum. Trips to EGX and REZZED gaming expos when running.

The games industry has a vast array of job opportunities and this Digital Media (Games Development) course has been designed to support those whose future aim is to work within the field of interactive media entertainment (computer games). As the course name suggests, Digital Media Games Design and Development will open up opportunities to those who are looking to progress into either a production, design, or programming aspect of the industry.

During the course, there will be two moderation visits in which students’ work will be submitted for external moderation. Times vary, although these visits will take place from February to the beginning of July. Exams are normally January and June.