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Creative Media Production


Media is a mixture of creative and academic opportunities.  You can study how and why directors create meaning in their various texts and then apply this knowledge when creating your own products. 

BTEC Media – using industry based software and focussing on independent learning, this vocationally based course allows students to develop practical tasks. This course gives you access to a wide variety of media texts to study and the tools to produce your own. We have access to state of the art recording and editing equipment and a fully-functional TV studio.

Most students already know about Media so we are building on this knowledge and giving you the skills to make what you know look professional. You can gain qualifications watching TV and movies and reading magazines!

Year 12

BTEC Extended Diploma – Pre-Production portfolio, Responding to a Commission, Media representations, Film Production, Digital Games Production, Advertising Production, Media campaigns

Year 13

BTEC Extended Diploma – Working in the Creative Media Industry, Media Enterprise, Specialist Subject Investigation, optional units such as 3D Modelling, Single Camera Techniques, Stop Motion Animation, Film editing depending on your specialism

Extended Diploma – 7 Mandatory Units, 6 optional units – 1 exam, 4 controlled assessments, the rest coursework

Extended Certificate – one A Level – 3 mandatory units, 1 optional – 1 exam, 2 controlled assessment, 1 coursework unit

During the course students will have the opportunity to take part in study visits including a trip to London which runs every two years to visit Harry Potter Studios, BBC Broadcasting House, Sky Studios, Imax

We have a strong link with Media City in Manchester and FutureWorks.

Digital Media

Creative Media Production Staff

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Mrs A. Hardy

Mrs A. Hardy

Subject Leader - Media

I was always told I would be a teacher but since my mum was a teacher, I wanted to rebel and I...

Mrs A. Hardy

Mrs A. Hardy

Subject Leader - Media

I was always told I would be a teacher but since my mum was a teacher, I wanted to rebel and I rejected this idea until I was a bit older. When I left Leeds University with my English and Media degree, I was determined to work in the Media so I wrote to every radio station in the area and eventually landed a job doing the competitions at WISH FM in Wigan. I then decided to go into Marketing and did a stint at two theatres in St Helens and Lancaster before I managed to achieve my dream job of working at ITV. I used to organize the competitions and votes for all the regional programmes across ITV working out of the old ITV Granada building. Eventually I realized that working in TV, although exciting, just wasn’t going to be fulfilling enough for me. My best friend was an English teacher and she very kindly let me visit her school to see what it was like and I loved it. I decided to study for a GTP programme and had a fantastic mentor teaching English and Media at Standish High School in Wigan. I then moved on to be Head of Media at Ribblesdale School in Clitheroe and then became Assistant Head of New Technologies at Accrington. The favourite part of my job is seeing the students grow in confidence throughout the years and sharing my passion for film and television with the students. Outside of school I have two little girls who keep me busy and I’m involved with my local am dram group acting, singing and dancing.


Student achieving DMM or above for Extended Diploma (2015)

BTEC Media has a lively and bubbly atmosphere. The work is interesting and the teachers are amazing! We discovered the inner workings of Adobe Suite and I tried my hand at lots of different things – games design, radio adverts, print magazine design and even my own music video. I feel totally prepared for my Digital Media course at Salford – Accrington Academy Sixth Form set me on the way!

Sam Briggs


This could lead to a career as a…. 


  • Journalist
  • Radio Producer
  • Camera Operator
  • Web Developer
  • Publishing Editor
  • Media
  • Media

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