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