Topic outline

  • Preparing for CTEC Digital Media

    Introduction to Digital Media with Richard Harrison

    If you have any questions about the course or anything to do with college life, please email

  • About the course


    If you haven't already done so, please watch the 'Welcome to Digital Media' video at the top of this page.

    There's more information about the course below. Please read it so you know what you're applying for!


    The course is a Level 3 CAMBRIDGE TECHNICAL in DIGITAL MEDIA. It is offered by the exam board OCR.

    It can be taken as a DIPLOMA (double option, equivalent to two A-Levels) or as an EXTENDED CERTIFICATE (single option, equivalent to one A-Level).

    So, if you choose this, you will need either one or two other courses to go alongside it. 

    We offer the Moving Image and Audio Production pathway. We aim to give you the skills, experience and confidence to create your own moving image work, and to prepare you for a career in the Media industry. The course and the specific units have been carefully chosen in order to give you maximum opportunity to develop your passions and enthusiasms whilst gaining vital industry knowledge.

    One of the big areas in the Media industry is sound. Whether you work in radio, TV or film, sound (and its quality) is really important. We look more at this than any other similar course- thereby giving you a major advantage when it comes to getting work in the industry itself. 


    There are some units that are mandatory. This means that we have to do them. These units cover things like examining audiences for media products, looking at key debates within the media and also planning and then creating your own short film. We also do other units to give you enough credits for the qualification. These units include radio production, cinematography (camerawork basically), sound production, and TV advertising.

    Although you will be taught things (from how to plan, say, a short film and take it from initial idea right through to being filmed and then edited), you will also be doing short tasks in groups. The course is far more practical than an A-Level, and is much more hands-on. 


    You are assessed and graded in two ways. Firstly, you complete ASSIGNMENTS (coursework basically), and hand them in by a deadline. 

    Secondly, there are exams. However, although you do need to pass the exams, the coursework is worth 2/3 of your grade (Diploma) and 1/2 of your grade (Extended Certificate). 

    NOW- please do the writing task (below) and send it to


      As well as being able to create your own practical work- film it, edit it and so on- you also need to be able to write reasonably well.

      This is for two reasons. Firstly, the exams will require you to express yourself clearly. Secondly, the Media industry as a whole is competitive. You need to show people that you have more than just the practical skills. Even a cameraman (for example) will have to write things down, and a film producer or even director will need to communicate clearly with other people. Your writing skills will develop over the course, but for now....

      WRITE 400-500 words about your FAVOURITE FILM. Tell me what it is and why you like it. Don't use existing sources of information or just give me a long cast list. You should also avoid giving away the ending!

      You might want to consider: where and when the film is set, the basic plot outline, which character(s) you most relate to and why, the emotions it makes you feel, the soundtrack, the dialogue/ script...even where you first saw the film. 

      Write this in full sentences and send it to me as an attachment.

      Email Richard (

      Use that address if you have any queries about the task, or any queries about the course in general.  

      • Careers in media- where the course can take you

        Check out the link to ScreenSkills, which has lots of information about the range of jobs in film, tv, animation and more. ScreenSkills tells you not only about the range of jobs, but also what to study to give yourself a head start in a media career.