West Thames College London

Creative Media Production - Higher National Diploma (HND)

Programme Specification

This two-year higher education course is practical and vocationally focused, and aims to prepare you to move to a degree course or into employment. Working as part of a production team, you will develop productions from concept to screen using a multi-camera TV studio and editing suites. The course is underpinned by theoretical elements and covers both factual and fictional programming. The HND in Creative Media Production aims to:

  • develop your general ability in theoretical and practical media studies through effectively using and combining knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme
  • provide specialist studies in media production, across a range of disciplines
  • provide a taught programme of study to support you in learning new skills and in developing your individual practice, within the culturally diverse environment of west London
  • provide enhanced tutorial support to help you develop your educational and vocational abilities, and your personal qualities and attitudes
  • develop the ethos and creative process of a media production company
  • provide the foundation for a range of administrative, technical and creative careers in media production, where you could forge a path to employment
Key course features


  • BTEC (EdExcel) Higher National Diploma
  • JACS Code: JP93
  • Institution Code: W65
  • Date of production: July 2010
  • Date of first delivery at West Thames College: September 2011

Level: Level 5

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 25 September 2017

Who is this course for?

This higher education course is for advanced students who want develop skills for careers in the television, film, video and radio industries, including mature students with non-traditional qualifications.

About the course

You will develop the skills required to work within various media industries via hands-on experience and tutoring. As part of a production team, you will be encouraged to develop various productions from concept to screen. You will use the latest digital equipment in our Media and Music Centre to produce programmes within a professional context, including a multi-camera TV studio and editing suites equipped with Final Cut, Adobe Premiere and Photoshop.

You will study:

  • Single camera techniques
  • Music video production
  • Television documentary production
  • Radio production
  • Promotional video production
  • Film and video editing
  • Television news techniques.

The course is underpinned by theoretical elements and covers both factual and fictional programming.

You will work towards the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in your first year, which you must complete and pass before proceeding to the Level 5 Higher National Diploma in the second year.

Information correct at 23 June 2016.
How will I be assessed?

All assessment is through course work assignments.

Regulation of standards:

  • Assessment conforms to Edexcel regulations
  • Internal verification of assignment briefs and assessment standards
  • External moderation of samples of work by external examiner
Where next?

Final year of a BA (Hons) degree or employment in the creative media industries. Opportunities include setting up your own small filming production company or freelance work as a camera person or film editor.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry qualification is a grade D at A Level and 80 UCAS points, preferably supported by a pass in GCSE English.

We encourage mature students to enter with a pass in an appropriate Access Certificate. We consider other background and experience and may accept students without formal qualifications.

All students are interviewed and asked to provide evidence of both technical and theoretical work before an offer is made. The International Office will organise an appropriate interview for overseas students: telephone or portfolio or as required.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.


This fee is for one year of study and may be subject to change in subsequent years. The course fee is usually covered by your student loan and you will not need to pay this back until you have completed this course and when you are earning over £21,000 a year. Home students may receive a bursary of £600 to help towards expenses (usually in February, subject to satisfactory attendance and progress on the course).

Please note that if you have already achieved a degree, you will be liable to pay a higher fee (£7,000 in 2014-15).

The fee for international students for 2015-16 was £8,000 and the 2016-17 fee is to be confirmed.

How to apply?
Please apply via www.UCAS.com or click the "apply now" button below and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


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