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Access to Higher Education and Employment: Media and Digital Technologies - Full-time

Access Media

Course outline

With the world of media and digital technology continuing to expand into exciting new areas, this is a fantastic course for those who want to pursue their talents in this field further at university.

You’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at many exciting assignments covering everything from photography to script writing.

You’ll enhance your skills in writing and referencing which will support you when you to go on to university-level study and your tutors will do all they can to advise you on choosing a course and making an application. Don’t forget, there’s also the opportunity to stay on at ncn and complete a foundation degree followed by a BA (Hons) top-up.

The course covers a broad range of disciplines and will challenge your creativity and skills in lots of different areas. You’ll get involved in:

  • Digital photography
  • Graphics
  • Journalism
  • Video production
  • Script writing for TV and film

You’ll also spend time developing your academic skills, such as assignment writing, which will put you in a great position for when you go on to university-level study.

At the end of the year you’ll have the opportunity to exhibit your work to the public at one of our end of year showcases.

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Location Date


The Lace Market


Start: 5th September 2018

End: 27th June 2019

  • Course code: C000302

CAVA Access to HE Diploma


1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

As the majority of our Access students are returning to learning as adults, we consider a range of experience when accepting students onto an Access programme. All students will be assessed to see what level they are learning at, particularly the level of English and maths skills, as these will be key to success whilst on a programme at Nottingham College. Your experience and level of study will be assessed at interview and this will determine your offer of a place at College.

The standard entry requirements for a level 3 programme at the College is:

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A* to C/9 to 4, including English Language and Maths; or
  • A relevant Level 2 vocational qualification plus English Language and Maths at GCSE Grade A* to C/9 to 4 however relevant work experience will be considered as a substitute for a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification

Level 2 Functional Skills Maths may be used as an equivalent for GCSE Maths. If you have GCSE Maths and Functional Skills Level 2 in English you may undertake an initial assessment to determine your level of English.

It is not possible to study both GCSE English and Maths on this course.

Teaching & assessment

Learning is assessed in a variety of methods to prepare you to study at university. This may include an extended essay, timed assessments under controlled conditions and report writing.


After you've completed this course there's a load of options available to you for further progression at university including: journalism, TV and film, photography, broadcast media.

You can even stay on to complete a higher education course at Nottingham College:

  • Film
  • Television FdA
  • Journalism FdA
  • Animation and Motion Graphics FdA
  • Applications Development FdA
  • Digital Photography FdA
  • Multimedia Design FdA
  • Web Design FdA
  • Digital Media Design BA (Hons)

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