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Media - Access to Higher Education Diploma


Media - Access to Higher Education Diploma

About the course

Interested in the Film industry, Journalism, video and radio production? This course will provide you with the historical grounding that has made an impact on present and future forms of media. This is the ideal preparation for entry to higher education on a media focused degree course.

As a learner on this qualification in Access to HE Media Studies you will be offered a coherent, integrated and supported year of study through which you will gain the knowledge, awareness, skills and confidence necessary for successful undergraduate study in a range of media related progression routes.

The qualification aims:

  • To provide HE progression opportunities for adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances, do not have the necessary qualifications;
  • To give learners a general introduction to the key media concepts, production skills, and key areas of knowledge within the media subject. Also to offer a coherent and stimulating framework within which they can broaden their intellectual and practical outlook and make connections between subject areas;
  • To help learners to develop and consolidate the various skills required to enable them to cope successfully with the demands of undergraduate study and to become independent, self-directed learners;
  • To establish a positive and supportive learning environment within which learners can build their confidence through successful learning and the sharing of their experience.

If you successfully complete the qualification you will achieve a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma.

You should have or be working towards GCSE Maths & English at C Grade (Grade 4) or equivalent. An equivalent for example could be - Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English. You will also be invited in to do assessments in Literacy and Maths; if successful you will be invited to interview or given the opportunity to do our intensive pre-access course.

If you do not have Maths and English you must have a firm offer from the university of your choice that they are willing to accept you with just the HE Diploma (as long as you pass our assessments and obtain an offer from us.

Media Theory: Introduction to Media Studies, Media Institutions

Film Studies: Film Form and Narrative, National Cinema

Journalism: Journalistic Writing and Feature Writing

Practical Units: Pre- Production, Production, Post –Production, Making a Video for the Internet, Radio Recording and Editing Techniques

Study Skills: Finding & Reading Information, Note Taking & Note Making, Writing Standard English, Essay Writing, Narrative Writing.

Extended Project – A 3000 word essay investigation based within your chosen subject area.

Assessment will be a mixture of coursework, presentations, essays, reports and creative production to help you become more familiar with the types of assessment you will get at university.​

On completing the course, you will achieve an Access to Higher Education certificate or credits. This qualification is recognised by all UK universities, and will allow you to progress to a media-based degree (BA Hons) or FdA/HND course.

Former students have progressed to Cambridge University, Goldsmiths University, City University London, London College of Communication, Brighton University and Westminster University.

If you require any further information please visit our awarding body website http://www.ocnlondon.org.uk/who-we-help/learners.aspx or please contact our customer services team on 020 770 9200

Course information

Start date
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11 September 2017

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Course level
Level 3
Course code
Start date
End date
1 Year
Lifelong Learning
Class Type
Full time
Student Type
Adults (19+)
Higher Education
How to enrol

How to enrol

We have several easy ways to enrol for a course: you can enrol online or visit a Centre. We explain the process here.

Advanced Learner Loans

Advanced Learner Loans

If you are aged 19+ there is help available to fund your course. Take a look here.

The Centre for Lifelong Learning

Centre for Lifelong Learning

On the doorstep of Finsbury Park this Centre specialises in adult education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Literacy and Numeracy, IT and Teacher Training.