SCQF Level 6
Broadcast Media & Photography

Course Overview
So you want to work in the media industry but you’re not sure what it’s about, how to get there, what you’re good at or even what you might be good at? The snappily titled National Certificate in Media is the place to start. This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of video production in the three main areas of the industry – technical, production and creative. 

You will learn to use video cameras, how to record sound, and how to light for video. You will be shown how to research, plan and produce programmes and learn how the media industry works. And you will gain practical hands on experience in scripting, directing and editing short form video.
The course also offers units in radio and photography to provide you with a wider range of skills that not only feed into the craft of video production but which will also allow you to explore other creative routes. 

In addition to the practical work, there are several theoretical units. The media industries will be examined in depth putting the various jobs employers and economic factors from a contemporary perspective. You will be taught research and analysis skills to enable you to produce coherent written work. On successful completion of this qualification, we expect students to progress to an HND level course in Television or Radio with the eventual aim of acquiring a job in the industry.
What You Will Learn
  • Scriptwriting 
  • Understanding the Creative Process 
  • Camera Operations 
  • The Media Industry 
  • Video Production 
  • Video Editing 
  • Video Lighting 
  • Making a Radio Programme 
  • Digital Photography
Entry Requirements
  • Minimum 3 passes at SCQF Level 5.
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Written practical and project work
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
Please write or draw one of the following
  • A 1-page shot-list for a nursery rhyme of your choice
  • A 1-page storyboard for a nursery rhyme of your choice
Please scan or save your shot-list or storyboard as a PDF then attach it to an email and send it to the following address: For the subject heading of the email please put: NC Media task

Progression And Articulation Routes
  • HND Creative Industries: Television
  • HND Audio Visual technology
  • HNC Radio
  • HND Events Management
  • Pre-Degree Foundation Film and TV
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • After successful completion of the course, you can apply for HND level study in Creative Industries: Television or related areas.
Number Of Days Per Week/Day Of The Week/Time Of The Day
  • 3
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