MAC on Track : Documentary Filmmaking

L2 Level 2
Full Time
2 October 2023 — 28 June 2024
Community Location

About this course

From the BBC's Blue Planet to Tiger King on Netflix, documentaries have become a huge genre in their own right. This course will teach you what you need to know about documentary filmmaking, so you are able to share your own stories with a growing audience. You will make your own accomplished documentary films, using camera, sound recording and editing equipment. 

You will learn in a relaxed, inclusive and encouraging atmosphere. We especially welcome applications from students who have been unable to access similar opportunities elsewhere, are at risk of social exclusion, and are not in education, training or employment. 

What you will study

Our Level 2 Diploma in Documentary Film Making is delivered by Media Academy Cymru (MAC) and taught by documentary filmmakers. Participating in this practical, full-time course will teach you the key aspects of documentary film making, focusing on developing your practical, transferrable skills and how to progress into the TV, film and creative industries. 

You will also: 

- watch and critique a range of films. 

- devise and pitch your own film ideas. 

- write scripts and record narration. 

- work with still and moving archive. 

- understand career paths and opportunities in film and TV.  

- learn how to promote your work in different formats.  

We will also help you develop your digital, literacy, numeracy, employability, and social skills. The work you produce for each module you study will help you work towards the Digital Production Project Assessment. You will build an assessment portfolio that will be instrumental for your progression to future education or employment.  

At MAC we take pride in focusing on your strengths, and helping you build your confidence. 

Entry requirements

This course is open to anyone aged 16-25. No previous experience is needed and there are no formal entry requirements. Ideally, you will have 4 GCSEs A*- D including English and Maths/Numeracy but this is not essential due to the practical nature of the course.  

You will be invited to meet your tutors, so together, you can assess your suitability for the course.  

Teaching and assessment

Programme comprises of 7 modules. 


Programme comprises of 7 modules. 

All equipment will be provided by MAC. 

Students will have unlimited access to the sound studio and green room. 

Small class sizes – up to 16 students. 

Attendance of 90% and above is instrumental in your completion of the course. 

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

2 October 2023

End date

28 June 2024

Full Time

16.5 hours per week


Community Location
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Course code



Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media Skills


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