Pearson BTEC HNC in Film & Television Production

This is a fast-paced, one-year full-time course that aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to take the first steps towards a career in the film and television industry. On successful completion of the HNC, students may be invited to progress to the HND year.

Academic Year: 2024/25

Course Code: 10967

Campus: Bangor

Study Type: Full-Time

Education Level Higher Education


The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Time: 09:00-17:00

Course Structure

Course structure The HNC in Film & Television Production course is delivered FT over 3-4 days a week to allow students to balance other work and commitments alongside their course of study. Film & Television Production students will have access to industry standard production equipment and a new state-of-the-art broadcast studio space.

This programme is delivered using a range of on-campus and online synchronous and asynchronous approaches.

The programme has two modules which are

A1 Concept and Development

A2 Creative Project

Contact Hours


Contact hours

15 hours contact hours per week to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Student workload usually includes 2 to 3 assessments per module.

Personal Study

A further 12 hours maximum studying, preparing assessments and crewing on productions for example.



Entry Requirements


General Entry Requirements

The general entry requirements below identify the minimum qualifications needed to apply for the programme. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis on You are required to upload a copy of your qualification certificates to show how you meet the entry requirements for the programme prior to enrolment.  Applications will also require successful completion of the admissions process. 

GCSE/ Level 2 Requirements

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language, or Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills- Communication, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification. 


GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification. (Use if specific GCSE requirement) • GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics, or Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills- Application of Number, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification. (Use if Ess Skills App Number accepted)


Passes in 4 different subjects (can include English Language and Mathematics and as above), with 1 at GCE Advanced (A) level (grades A-E), and 3 at GCSE level (grades A*-C*/9-4), or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

Course Entry Requirements

A minimum of 32 UCAS Tariff points including: • GCE A level (A2): Typical grade profile CC [to include Moving Image Arts, or a media related subject)


[RQF] Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma In Creative Media with overall award profile P


Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media with overall award profile MPP • An equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

Accreditation of Prior Learning 

Alternatively, you can provide evidence of your ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process, either through Accredited Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).   Further details on APL can be found in the HE admissions process section of our website and the HE Accreditation of Prior Learning SOP.

International Students English Language Requirements

International applicants, from Non-Native English speaking countries, must have evidence of English Language Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:

• IELTS 6.0 (Academic) (minimum of 5.5 in all skills) 

• PTE Academic 51 (minimum of 46 in each part)

• Or equivalent UKVI-approved English Language Test

For further information please contact our International Department at


How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Students are assessed using a range of different methods.

You will be have both formative and summative assessments throughout the programme

These may include coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical activities, role-play, products and case studies. 

This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study. 

Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of the HNC Film and television production course may provide you with the opportunity to complete a further year leading to the Level 5 HND in Film and Television Production.

Recent graduates of the HNC course have progressed onto production trainee schemes with Northern Ireland Screen, permanent positions with some of NI's independent production companies as well as freelancing as crew members on a range of Film/Television/Commercial productions.

How will it make me more employable?

 The HNC course has been designed to provide students with a solid theoretical background to television and film production as well as extensive experience working with professional equipment on live projects throughout the year. The combination of knowledge and skills students acquire on the HNC are all transferable into an industry setting.

The course aims to help students to develop industry connections through a strong programme of masterclasses, workshops and industry visits. The teaching team all work within the media industry in Northern Ireland and can offer advice and support to those seeking employment or further study in the field of creative media production.

Additional Costs

A kit list will be sent to students once accepted onto the course with specific requirements. 

This involves: A portable hard drive (1TB/2TB) approx. £50 

Closed back earphones (for editing) approx. £30 

In addition there may the opportunity for residential overnight location shoots. 

Students are asked to budget approx. £25 per night for each of these residentials to allow for accommodation and food costs.

The course is provided and regulated by Pearson.

Course Modules

A1 Concept and Development

A2 Creative Project

Terms & Conditions

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

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

Available Sessions Summary

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Time: 09:00-17:00

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Higher Education

Higher Education

If you have just completed your A-Levels, Higher Education is most likely the option for you. HE usually covers HNC, HND & Foundation Degree level of courses including our Higher Level Apprenticeships.

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