Creative Media (TV & Radio) - Higher National Certificate

The Higher National Certificate in Creative Media Broadcast Production provides you with the required practical and vocational knowledge to enable you to work as a competent practitioner in the broadcast radio and moving image industry, and associated employment areas. The programme concentrates on the understanding production values, journalist concepts, developing research techniques along with production and presenting experience within a live media and production company.

You will benefit from being able to apply your new knowledge within our live radio station and work with corporate clients on both radio and moving image projects. Through regular guidance from industry professionals, you will be able to evaluate, develop and progress your skills, allowing you to embark upon a successful career.

Our course is specifically designed should you wish to specialise in either radio or moving image, or gaining a broad knowledge studying a mixture of both.

Aims of programme

The aims of the programme are:
• To provide you with knowledge of production skills within both the radio and moving image industry
• To enable you to develop practical skills in media production across both radio and moving image.
• To focus on the knowledge, skills and understanding required to support learning in a range of vocational settings
• To enable you opportunities to work within the media industry, applying the knowledge learnt within the programme, and demonstrating an ability to analyse and evaluate your work-based performance
• To enable you to develop the necessary professional and reflective skills through a variety of stimulating and varied learning environments that can be built on throughout your professional life
• To enhance self-reflection, critical thinking skills and independent learning
• To develop the personal, employability, critical and transferable skills to work effectively across the media industry
To provide a suitable academic platform for progression to honours level study or further professional development

Programme contents

Year 1 – (Level 4):
• Contextual Studies for Creative Media Production (15 Credits)
• Research Techniques for Creative Media Production (15 Credits)
• Practical Skills for Journalism (15 Credits)
• Law for Journalists (15 credits)
• Promotional Video Production (15 Credits)
• Television Studio Production (15 Credits)
• Practical Skills for Radio Production (15 Credits)
• Radio Magazine Programme Production (15 Credits)

Awarding body

Pearson (Edexcel)

Entry requirements

Students under 21:

48 UCAS points

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:

. BTEC/National Diploma
. International Baccalaureate
. Advanced & Progression Diplomas
. Access courses

Plus: GCSE English language & Maths with a minimum of grade C/4 or recognised equivalent are required

Students over 21:

If you do not have the above UCAS for GCSE requirements but have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed & still considered.

Progression / Careers

The course is designed should you wish to specialise in either radio or moving image, or gain a broad knowledge studying a mixture of both.



Modes of assessment

A range of assessment methods will be used to encourage and develop your skills during the course. These include but do not exclusively include the following; Short and long essays, analyses of practices reviews and reports, presentations (whether oral and/or technology-based), critical self and peer-evaluation, blogs, evaluations, individual or group portfolios of work (whether critical, creative, self-reflective, or the outcome of professional practice), Individual and group project reports, research exercises and external placement or work-based learning reports.

Additional information


This information may be subject to change without prior notice.

Timetables are normally available one week before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.