Key features of the BTEC Firsts in Media
The BTEC Firsts in Media have been developed in the Media sector to focus on:
• education and training for those who work or who are intending to work in the Media industry
• providing opportunities for those who work or are intending to work in the Media industry to achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 vocationally specific qualification
• providing opportunities for learners to gain a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in the Media sector or to progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National in Media
• providing opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.
Rationale of the BTEC Firsts in Media
The Edexcel Level 2 BTEC First Certificate and First Diploma in Media have been developed to give centres maximum flexibility in developing programmes suited to their own resources and the needs of their learners.
The core units provide learners with the opportunity to:
• develop the fundamental research skills which underlie all media production
• gain a basic understanding of employment opportunities, job requirements, and working practices in the media industry
• develop an understanding of how media products are constructed for specific audiences or markets.
The optional technical and production units enable learners to start building the technical skills and knowledge relevant to a sector (or sectors) of the media industry.
Learners who complete a First Certificate or First Diploma in Media will obtain a qualification which will enable progression to further study, training, or employment, and enable them to make informed choices with regard to a career in the media industry. They will also have developed media technology skills that may be applicable in other work situations.
The Edexcel Level 2 BTEC First Certificate and First Diploma in Media have been designed to contribute to the Sector Qualifications Strategy for the media industry through their close relationship to relevant National Occupational Standards.