South Thames College

Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma Creative Media Production (Film) (Conversion HNC to HND) RQF - Level 5

The HND is equivalent to the first two years of a standard three-year university degree. You’ll study for two years with us and then you can progress to a one-year university top-up programme to earn a full degree. If you already have a relevant HNC, you can study just the one year with us.


If you're interested in developing filmmaking and post-production skills this course is ideal. It builds on experimental and creative development, including digital video, sound and audio, and a strong core in film theory and artistic integrity. The use of digital techniques and analogue film production using Steenbeck 16mm editing tables is a key element of the course. You'll build and develop a portfolio of work to show to potential employers or universities.

The course is made up of a further eight units, developing the skills you will already have gained on the HNC and developing your practical and critical writing skills at this higher level:

  • Collaborative Project (Pearson-set)
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Advanced Film Production Studies
  • Documentary
  • Narrative
  • Work-based Learning
  • Producer and Director for Television Production
  • Advanced Editing for Film and Television

The name of the course, as it appears on your qualification or certificate, will be L5 - BTEC HND 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

You will need to have successfully completed an HNC or equivalent in a related subject and provide satisfactory references of your ability to study at this level.

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 progress to university or directly to work in a creative industry. Our learners regularly go to some of the top creative universities in the country, including the universities of Goldsmiths, Sussex, Ravensbourne, Greenwich and the National Film and Television School.

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
What do I need to pay?
16-18 year olds:
£ 4,950
19 and older: ?
£ 4,950
Materials fees: ?

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