BTEC Media

Alongside our IT and THEM Specialisms, we also offer BTEC Media to Post-16 students. The two-year qualification is designed to give learners a technical understanding of film and television production.

The course comprises of units (listed below) in which students will complete both written and practical work in lessons and during independent study time.

Students gain knowledge and skills in areas such as single and multi-camera techniques, lighting, sound recording and editing to produce practical film and television projects. It is aimed at students looking to progress to employment in this exciting sector.

Mandatory Units Optional Units
Unit 3 – Digital Media Skills
Unit 7 – Media Enterprise
Unit 8 – Responding to a Commission
Unit 10 – Film Production (Fiction)
Unit 18 – Storyboarding for Digital Media
Unit 19 – Scriptwriting
Unit 20 – Single Camera Techniques
Unit 21 – Film Editing
Unit 35 – Multi camera Techniques
Unit 24 – Sound Editing

Why chose Media at the Watford UTC?

This course is designed for those that have an interest in learning about the production of film and television, and a passion for creating. The mixture of theory and practical enables students to gain the necessary knowledge of how real life productions are put together, whilst developing the essential practical skills that you will need to produce your own films. Upon completion of this course, students will have built up an impressive and varied portfolio that will help towards higher education or a media related apprenticeship.

Our THEM Specialism means that there are always events and trips happening at the Watford UTC; Media students are regularly given the chance to get involved and stretch their skills by creating short films for promotion and as a record of the occasion.

Last year, Media student Charlie was commissioned by Principal, Emma, to create a film documenting day-to-day life at the Watford UTC. View his video below:


As part of our school-wide Masterclass programme, Watford UTC Media students experience workshops, visits and talks from industry specialists. Below are just some of the experiences our students have benefited from outside the classroom in the last few years:

  • – Warner Brothers Studio Tour Visit and Camera Techniques Workshop
  • – Music Video Showcase with feedback from industry creatives
  • – Exam workshops at the British Film Institute
  • – “Go For It”  game show, live studio recording experience