Digital Media Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Extended Certificate

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Opening doors to further study, university, apprenticeships and employment in the media industry, the Cambridge Technicals course in Digital Media gives learners an understanding of how different media institutions operate, to create products that appeal to specific target audiences.  Learners will gain knowledge and understanding of the production processes and create a media product.  Through this, learners will also develop transferable skills such as planning, communication, adaptability and leadership.

Students are able to explore media industries and create coursework for an eclectic mix of media platforms, including television, radio, advertising, music video, film, social media, magazines and more.

All students get the opportunity to work on the radio station during the media course.   Have a look on our website to see some of the work the students produced during this year:  They will also get to create multiple media products to add to a professional digital portfolio, which will help them in the future towards their careers or university choices.


This course is more practical based, which allows students to develop skills and build up a portfolio of media work to take into the media industry, or for a university course of study.  This course is more accessible for students and allows them to explore a range of media platforms.  The qualification offers five units for students to study – two of these are exam based and achieves a qualification equivalent to one A-level.

Coursework will include creating a billboard, television advert, a piece for radio, a short film, music video, magazine article or poster and then a chosen specialism.

In the second year, students choose a specific media concentration based on their interests, as their final project, which could range from magazines to radio, short film to App creation.  Students will receive lots of help and support with choosing their final projects and lessons tailored to their ideas.

The Oakes Media department has excellent facilities such as a television studio, radio station, professional photography and sound equipment, a Mac suite and iPads for students to use.  Along with great facilities, students will take part in engaging and exciting lessons taught by innovative teachers who have worked in the Media industry.  Our teachers thrive on integrating practical work and theory-based lessons for our students.

How will it be delivered?

Students will take three coursework units over the 2 years:

  • Advertising Media
  • Creation of Sound in Media
  • Creating a Media Product (final major project)

There are two exam units:

  • Pre-production Skills
  • Media Products and Audiences

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at grades 9-4 in an appropriate range of subjects, including Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above.

The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.

No previous media or technical skills are needed for this course, as you are taught everything you need to know to create media products.  The only thing you need is an open mind, hardworking attitude and willingness to learn more.

This course is equivalent to one A-level.

Your next steps...

Studying Media at The Oakes College allows you to create a portfolio of media work to take into the media industry, or use to showcase for university.  80% of our students in 2019 went on to a University course and others went to work in media or take on a media apprenticeship.

The department encourages students to take work experience places in the media industry and has contacts to help students make that first step.  We also recommend short courses, workshops and internships, which will help develop our students’ skills further.

Media gives students the ability to work in the vast industry of media, however, it also creates the pathway towards a career in law, marketing, project management, politics, web design and more.