Digital Media Journalism - CTEC A Levels

L3 Level 3
Full Time
3 September 2024 — 14 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

This unique level 3 CTEC qualification is for post-16 learners who would like to continue their education through applied learning with the view to progressing to higher education and/or to employment. Future employment pathways include journalism, media production & publishing. The course will introduce digital media practices and will enable learners to develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are highly valued by universities and employers. 
The course is equivalent to two A levels as will be taken alongside other A level or BTEC qualifications.

What you will study

The Diploma consists of 13 Units (720 GLH) over 2 years – 5 of which are mandatory:

  • Unit 1: Media Products & Audiences (Externally Assessed Exam: 90 GLH)
  • Unit 2: Pre-production & Planning (Externally Assessed Exam: 90 GLH)
  • Unit 3: Create a media product (Internally Assessed: 60 GLH)
  • Unit 4: Interactive Media Product (Internally Assessed: 60 GLH)
  • Unit 6: Social Media & Globalisation (Externally Assessed Exam: 60 GLH)

The optional units are each worth 60 or 30 GLH. The following Units will be undertaken:

  • Unit 7: Journalism & the news industry (Internally Assessed: 60 GLH)
  • Unit 8: Photography for digital media products (Internally Assessed: 60 GLH)
  • Unit 9: Comics & graphic novel storytelling (Internally Assessed: 60 GLH)
  • Unit 10: Create a digital animation (Internally Assessed: 60 GLH)
  • Unit 13: Graphic Design for digital media products (Internally Assessed: 30 GLH)
  • Unit 21: Plan & Deliver a Pitch (Internally Assessed: 30 GLH)
  • Unit 23: Create a personal media profile (Internally Assessed: 30 GLH)
  • Unit 24: Cross media industry awareness (Internally Assessed: 30 GLH)

Entry requirements

Individual Subject Entry Requirement GCSE Math and English Grade C

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

3 September 2024

End date

14 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

9 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Course code



OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Digital Media



Career prospects & further study


Fantastic university progression routes! With hundreds of students gaining places at Oxbridge, Russell Group and other leading universities. In fact, this year more than 500 students achieved their firm or insurance choice through UCAS, with nearly 100 being Russell Group universities!

The course will provide a broad introduction to digital media practices and will enable learners to develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are highly valued by universities and employers.

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE