South Thames College

Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate Creative Media Production (Film) RQF - Level 4

The HNC is equivalent to the first year of a standard three-year university degree. After the HNC, you can move onto a HND with us or with another institution and then on to a one-year university top-up programme to earn a full degree.


This highly practical course is ideal if you're interested in film and video making. It encourages experimentation and creative development and includes all aspects of digital video and 16mm film making and sound. There is digital and analogue editing using the Adobe Creative Suite and Steenbeck editing tables. This course gives you a foundation in aspects of the moving image and sound, so you can understand current developments and deal with changes in technology. It will let you develop a portfolio of work that can be shown to potential employers or higher educational establishments.

The course is made up of eight units, most of which are practical:

  • Individual Project (Pearson-set)
  • Creative Media Industry
  • Professional Practice
  • Film Practices
  • Film Studies
  • Editing for Film & TV
  • Cinematography – Camera
  • Light & Sound

The name of the course, as it appears on your qualification or certificate, will be L4 - BTEC HNC Creative Media Production (Film) (RQF) - Yr 1 of 1 (PEARSON)


Assessment is through practical and written assignments, presentations, blogs and audio commentaries. You'll be given formative written and verbal feedback at key points in each unit to help guide you towards the successful completion of the qualification.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE maths and English grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent; AND
  • A related Level 3 qualification, which could be an Access to Higher Education Certificate; OR
  • At least one A-level in a relevant subject at grade A*-C OR more than one A-level at grades A*-E; OR
  • Related work experience (if you're an older learner we'll take into account your paid and unpaid experience, professional qualifications and life experience).

For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent. Find out more in the international pages.


There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don't need an interview).

Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.

Next Steps

You can continue on to a HND in media production at South Thames College or another higher education provider, or start work in the media industry.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.

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Where and when
1 Year
Study mode:?
Full Time
Wednesday + Thursday
What do I need to pay?
16-18 year olds:
£ 4,950
19 and older: ?
£ 4,950
Materials fees: ?
£ 75

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