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Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Intermediate
31 August 20201 yearJonathan Stone

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.


You must have a lively and enquiring mind, a growing interest in media production or graphic design, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively. You should have an interest in all types of media and recognise the impact of media on almost every aspect of our lives.


Prior to the interview you will be sent a Pre-Interview Task which will form the basis of questions and discussion. You will have the opportunity to express your interest in the course, discuss any prior experience you have gained and show relevant portfolio work. You will be given an overview of the course, the units you will undertake and the nature of the assessment process. You will be asked about your long-term career goals and how you feel this course will get you there. At this stage you will also be able to ask tutors about possible progression routes and destinations for work or further study.


The Level 2 Technical Diploma offers a broad experience of media production and graphic design.

You will complete projects, presentations and assignments designed around each unit that are based on realistic work situations, activities and demands. The Technical Diploma is made up of six units which you will complete over the year:

  • Introducing Media Audience and Products
  • Planning and Producing a Media Product
  • Film and TV Media Products
  • Graphic Design for Media Products
  • Photography for Media Products
  • Print Media Skills


You will be taught by industry experienced tutors and will work in the mature, creative and exciting environment of Media, Art and Design at The Isle of Wight College. You will study in our well-equipped facilities which include; digital video editing suites and Apple Mac studio all running industry standard software and related packages. A purpose built TV studio, associated digital video cameras, lighting and sound recording equipment. Your studies will be supported with workshops, lectures, demonstrations and tutorials. You should be prepared to work both individually as well as part of a team and be aware of the commitment that this course requires.


An OCR Technical Diploma in Media develops learner’s skills including collecting, analysing and interpreting data, communicating your findings in different ways, and identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are in great demand and are recognised and highly valued by employers and colleges. Many students choose to pursue their studies with the BTEC Level 3 Television and Film Production course or the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphic Design [a minimum average of Merit level required for entry to Level 3 courses] before either looking for employment or progressing onto University.

Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 2 learners Over the course of your Level 2 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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