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Documentary Film Production HNC (Level 4) - Full-time

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Course outline

This new Documentary Film Production course has been developed in consultation with national companies and freelance professionals and is aimed at people with a passion for storytelling in the real world who wish to develop their creative skills to a professional level.

The course is informed by professional practitioners and you will have the opportunity to work on projects that reflect the wide range of outlets now available for moving images. You will investigate how films are made, from script to screen, through organising shoots, filming, editing, and distributing.

Modules may include:

  • Professional practice
  • Film studies
  • Editing
  • Cinematography
  • Light and sound

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: FLM1

Use the UCAS code above when applying through the UCAS website.

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Higher National Certificate in Creative Media Production (Film)


1 year

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You’ll need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We would expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy.

As part of the admissions process, you’ll be asked to provide an online portfolio (such as a showreel).

Mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.


Assessment is continuous, being a combination of individual and group presentations, compiling research portfolios and online journals. There are no examinations.


After the HNC course, students can progress to our HND Documentary Film Production course (to be offered from September 2021).

From the HND, graduates could progress to our BA (Hons) Digital Media Design top-up degree, validated by Nottingham Trent University; or a similar top-up course at another provider (subject to entry requirements).

Alternatively, they may wish to seek professional employment in the global Creative Industries sector with documentary film career opportunities including: director, producer, editor, cinematographer, camera operator, scriptwriter and sound and/or lighting engineer.

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