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LD COL­LEGE in Lon­don is in­tro­duc­ing vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions along­side its cur­rent A-level route. The aim is “to give stu­dents a greater op­por­tu­nity for suc­cess and pro­gres­sion”.

The BTEC Me­dia course, equiv­a­lent to three A-lev­els, will cover top­ics from mag­a­zine pro­duc­tion to short film-mak­ing.

“There is still a de­gree of aca­demic rigour,” says the col­lege, “with stu­dents pro­duc­ing es­says and pre­sen­ta­tions as part of their stud­ies”. The ma­jor ben­e­fit of the course is that there are no ex­ams and learn­ers are as­sessed on what they can demon­strate prac­ti­cally. They will be us­ing high-def­i­ni­tion video cam­eras and the lat­est edit­ing tech­nol­ogy — and as­sign­ments are fo­cused on a num­ber of me­dia, in­clud­ing film mak­ing, pub­lish­ing and au­dio pro­duc­tion.

DLD says that the course is suit­able for stu­dents hop­ing to en­ter the pub­lish­ing, ad­ver­tis­ing, mu­sic, tele­vi­sion and film in­dus­tries.

The BTEC qual­i­fi­ca­tion is recog­nised by uni­ver­si­ties and em­ploy­ers and of­fers learn­ers the same pro­gres­sion path­ways as A-level. Al­ready lined up are a work­shop on di­rect­ing with a renowned Bri­tish film di­rec­tor, as well as vis­its to a va­ri­ety of me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Next DLD open day is Wed­nes­day June 19 — for more de­tails, see www.dld­col­lege.co.uk

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