Creative Media Games Production - National Extended Certificate

Who is this qualification for?
The Pearson BTEC National Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production has been developed in consultation with Higher Education and is intended to be an Applied General qualification.

It is for post-16 learners wanting to continue their education through applied study and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the Creative Industries. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A level and makes up one third of a typical study programme, normally alongside A levels or other vocational qualifications at level 3.

What does this qualification cover?
The content of the qualification relates directly to the skills and understanding needed for further study in creative digital media production and has been developed in consultation with higher education. Over three units of mandatory content, learners gain a broad understanding of the subject and learn the skills to produce media artefacts. They develop their ability to analyse and deconstruct media images and representations. They learn the communication and planning skills needed to work in teams through vocational media projects.

Learners will study the following units:
Unit 1: Media Representations
Unit 4: Pre-Production Portfolio
Unit 8: Responding to a Commission.
Unit 13: Digital Games Production.
Unit 32: Concept Art for Computer Games
Unit 40: 3D Modelling
Unit 41: 3D Environments
This will allow progression to a variety of degrees when combined with other suitable Level 3 qualifications.

How does the qualification provide employability skills?
In the BTEC National units there are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners’ practice in developing employability skills. Where employability skills are referred to in this specification, we are generally referring to skills in the following three main categories:

• Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine
problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
• Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and
influencing, self-presentation
• Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

There are also specific requirements in some units for assessment of these skills where relevant. For example, where learners are required to undertake real or simulated activities.

What qualification will I gain?

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production

Entry requirements?

5 GCSEs at grades 9- 5 including English and Mathematics or BTEC L2 Extended Certificate in Creative Media or equivalent qualification

What progression options will I have?

BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative ProductionThe qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by Higher Education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning, and it combines well with a large number of subjects. It will support entry to HE courses in a very wide range of disciplines,

What costs are involved?

Tuition Fees:
16-18 - free
19+ Advanced Learning Loan - £2225

Exam and Registration Fees (payable by all aged 19 and over): £145

Other Costs (payable by all students): £50 Material Fee

This course may also attract additional costs, for example, kit, uniform or books, that all students will be required to pay. Please contact the College for further details.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: External, Internal and Synoptic.