Creative and Digital Media - Access to HE

This course will develop both your practical and theoretical skills in Creative and Digital Media; an exciting industry that represents many job opportunities given the size of the UK Creative sector. This includes in Photography, Graphic Design, Film and Media Production, Branding and Advertising, Media Communications, Marketing and Journalism.

This course is taught by industrial experts in a purpose built Video, 3D and multimedia suite with the latest up to date workstations. You will be taught using the latest Adobe Creative cloud software and also as a student will have an entitlement to have a full Adobe Creative Cloud license for free for the full year. This course will also introduce aspects of the ethical use of Generative AI to give students a chance to increase their productivity and widen their horizons.

Access courses are designed to prepare you for university, and the the completion of this Level 3 diploma will give you the qualification required to do so. The course can also be used to support your entry into employment or into an apprenticeship within this field and into the creative industries.

Course Content

The Access to Higher Education courses are designed to develop both your practical and theoretical knowledge in a range of different topics related to your chosen subject area. This includes the development of your study skills, as well as the opportunity to work and study in a collaborative environment across the academic year.

The Creative and Digital Media course will include the following units (subject to change):

Website Design and Creation
Essay Writing
Digital Imaging & Manipulation - Adobe Photoshop
Digital Design - Adobe Indesign
2D Animation - Adobe After Effects
Video Making - Adobe Premiere
Sound for Film and Video
Digital Editing
Photography Project
Exhibition - Take part in the end of year exhibition to the public
Portfolio Development - Prepare a portfolio for university, apprenticeship or employment opportunity
Sourcing and Reading Information
Preparing for Higher Education - A personal development unit to support your UCAS application or route into apprenticeships or employment.
Speaking and Listening

You will be required to complete an assignment for each of the above to obtain the diploma. Please read the assessment methods and the entry requirements tab for more information.

Entry Requirements

For your application to be considered you must be 18 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date

You should have a grade C or above at GCSE English and Maths gained within the last five years. If you do not have this you may still apply and provide evidence of any other qualifications you have done. All applicants will also be asked to undertake a screening test in Maths and English. You should be able to write fluently and understand business materials including financial information.

You will be interviewed to assess whether the course is appropriate for you. Access courses are designed for learners aged 19 and above.

However, we may consider applications from applicants aged 18, according to individual circumstances. In this case, you would be required to undertake a full time study programme in the same way as in a school or college setting. A study programme includes the core access qualification plus relevant work experience, tutorial sessions and enrichment activities.

First Class Requirements

Notepad, pen & folder for notes, USB stick

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance of 100% (apart from exceptional circumstances) is needed to ensure that you are able to cover all of the course content and assessment successfully.

Every 6 weeks all learners will be given a formal tutorial at which your continuation, progress and attendance will be reviewed.

Assessment Methods

You will be continually assessed and the main assessment method is coursework, there will also be some assessment through reviewing case studies, preparing reports and projects.

The access course is a very intensive course and the demand on learners to meet assessment targets is high. There are approximately 20 assignments to be included in your final portfolio of evidence. As a consequence you will be expected to meet our requirements for regular attendance and meet assessment deadlines. You will also be expected to commit to around 10 hours of independent study per week. Failure to do so could end in your withdrawal after six weeks.

Further Study Options

Completing this course allows you to apply for university degree courses. One big advantage of this course is that you can complete it in a much shorter time than A-levels.

Many students progress onto their chosen field of study at university, with others progressing into employment or into an apprenticeship related to their course of study. In 2023, access learners received offers from a range of universities, including from Brunel, Goldsmiths, Sheffield, Bournemouth, St Mary's, Queen Mary's, University of Creative Arts, Greenwich, Ravensbourne, Kingston, Westminster and Portsmouth. For Creative and Digital Media learners, this has included offers in Film Production, Games Design, Branding, Media Production, Public Relations, Creative Robotics and Visual Communications.

Additional Information

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email