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Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Media

This 2 year full time course is equivalent to 3 full A levels. It will enable you to learn to produce radio programmes, video, photography and digital media content
Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn
Level 3

Course Overview

This course has been designed as a full two year programme.  In the first year of the programme you will complete 9 units which will give you a Level 3 Technical Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to 3 AS Levels).  On successful completion of the first year you will 'top-up' by studying for an additional 9 units which will give you the full Extended Technical Diploma. 

You will work on a variety of exciting projects developing new programmes for TV or Radio, creating content for use in social media applications, designing print and promotional material, DVD covers, flyers, using digital SLRs to photograph on location or in studio. You will also learn the skills to produce, and edit Film and sound.

You will study UK Film and develop a range of Media technical skills. You will also have the opportunity to broadcast on our own College community Radio station.

Year one Units which will be the Subsidiary Diploma in Media may include:

Unit 01 - Analysing media products and audiences  

Unit 10 - Media adaptations  

Unit 46 - Audio-Visual promos

Unit 16 - Planning and pitching an audio-visual media product  

Unit 17 - Producing an audio-visual media product  

Unit 19 - Planning and pitching an audio media product  

Unit 20 - Producing an audio media product  

Unit 55 - Talk and music radio production  

Unit 31 - Photography for media products    

In year 2 Learners will take 9 units. These units cover broader areas of study such as scriptwriting, Audio visual advertising, Print production and Film production.

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Media (top up) Units may include:-

Unit 11- Scriptwriting for Media product

Unit 13- Planning and pitching a print based Media product

Unit 14 Producing a Print based Media product.

Unit 15 Print based advertising Media

Unit 21 Audio Advertising Media

Unit 41 Production and Post-Production for Film

Unit 43 Production and Post Production for TV

Unit 53-UK Radio broadcasting

Unit 23 Planning a Media event

Learners will also have the opportunity to acquire the essential knowledge and tools for the world of work in the Media by developing transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others and effective communication. 

Please note:  the Awarding Body for this course may change for 21-22.  You will be notified if there are any changes.


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Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Media (Year 1)





Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Media (Year 1)





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Ideal If:

You wish to work with media products, production processes and technologies. The practical and creative skills that you will learn can immediately transfer into the workplace. Unit choices cover a diverse range of Media production including print, web, radio , television, Film, scriptwriting, Lighting, advertising and photography. 

You'll Learn:

The skills to produce and edit film and sound.  You will also learn how to produce radio programmes, video, photography, digital media content and a range of graphic design products.

You'll Love:

The hands-on approach to this course and getting experience in using equipment and technologies such as Adobe suite, including such applications as Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Audition, InDesign etc. Developing your creativity by making short films.

Producing content for the college community radio stations, Bangor FM, Lisburn 98 FM and FM 105. Working with Internal & External clients by producing promotional videos and radio adverts

You'll Progress:

After successful completion of year one you will achieve the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and then progress to year 2 - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media.

Students who successfully complete the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media can apply for a Foundation Degree, a HNC / HND or a BA (Hons) in a Media related subject.

Examples of alternative choices of employment  within the media sector could be as a camera operator, radio producer, researcher, production assistant, Director,  Scriptwriter , either working for an employer or as a freelance artist.  

SERC offer the HNC/HND in our Bangor Campus. 

You'll Need:

4 GCSEs at Grade C or above preferably with English, Maths or Level 2 in Media and successful outcome at skills test and interview.

There will be additional costs for equipment.  Your tutor will give you details of these. 

This course will be timetable for 21 hours per week, 15 hours of vocational classes, 3 hours of employability skills and 3 hours of Essential Skills English and Maths.  

You will also work towards a Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve employability.

You will be required to complete Essential Skills in ICT, Literacy and Numeracy if you do not have a GCSE grade C in English, Maths or ICT.

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and Procedures

  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted

  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme.


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