National Diploma in Creative Media Production

National Diploma in Creative Media Production at Higher Rhythm

Higher Rhythm’s BTEC National Diploma in Creative Media Production is the perfect opportunity to get into the media industry

The UK’s media industries are world leading, growing in value, and number of people employed, every year. How we consume music, news and information continues to evolve and amongst a huge choice of online platforms, radio broadcasting is still a leading format. A career in media has never been more relevant. 

Higher Rhythm operates Sine FM radio station, and since 2008, we have provided media training to people aiming to work in the broadcast and media industries. Our alumni have moved on to media organisations such as BBC and ITV and secured work in commercial and national broadcast companies. They have also established careers as self employed professionals in the wider creative media industries.


The perfect way to start your media career is to immerse yourself in a real industry setting, learning from pros who work in the industry. Higher Rhythm’s BTEC National Diploma in Creative Media Production allows you to do exactly that.

As a student on our National Diploma in Creative Media Production you will gain the knowledge and skills you need to prepare for employment in the media industries. Students receive support and tuition from experienced media professionals, get to use industry standard tools and equipment, and enjoy opportunities to produce and present radio shows which are broadcasted to large audiences.

On our post-16 BTEC National Diploma Creative Media Production study programme (720 learning hours + 480 hours enrichment across two years) you will:

☆ Gain a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Creative Media Production (worth 2 A-levels / upto 112 UCAS points)
☆ Develop transferable skills relevant to media and a wide range of other industries
☆ Attain industry insights into ares such as media production, presentation and interviewing
Enjoy an inclusive learning environment with our smaller class sizes (12 max) and be treated as an individual
Receive support with Functional Skills and GCSE English and Math (if needed)

By enrolling at Higher Rhythm, you will also benefit from our unique work enrichment and work experience programme, which includes:

Master Classes with established creative media professionals
Vocational experience working in an FM and online radio station
Free entry to specific festivals, showcases and gigs
Collaborative working with our network of radio stations and media providers
Access to the best equipped creative media and music facilities in the region

Progression routes from our programme include:

Entry to Higher Education (HND and Degree Courses)
A range of employment destinations in the creative media industries

requently asked questions

What equipment will I need? None, because we have it all, including a number of iPads and MacBooks which can be booked out by learners.
What does a timetable look like? Two full days per week over two academic years, plus additional learning enrichment activities.
Are there any fees? There is no cost for post 16 learners on this programme as places are fully funded. Additional learning bursaries are also available for some learners subject to status.
What support is available? You will be supported by the course leader and guest lecturers, and you can be assured that Higher Rhythm staff will always be available to help.
Can I also take another course elsewhere? Possibly, but please be aware that preferential places on our programmes are given to young people who are only studying at Higher Rhythm. Ask us first!
What could I go on to after the course? Progression onto our two year HND in Music Technology is an option (we offer priority places for our Level 3 course graduates) or onto a degree or employment.


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