National Extended Certificate in Digital Film and Video Production (BTEC)

Course Entry Requirements - 2018-2020

We require:

GCSE grade 4 in English


The course is the equivalent in size to one A Level. Students are required to complete 4 units. 2 of these units are mandatory (50%) and 1 of the units is externally assessed (33%).

Mandatory units:

  • Digital Media Skills – This unit is completed in a thirty hour block in May/June of the second year. Students produce a creative digital media product in response to a prescribed brief that the board sets 12 weeks before the assessment period.
  • Film Production – Fiction . This unit will focus on the process of producing a short narrative film or film extract that uses generic conventions.

Optional units: (2 chosen from 5)

  • Film Editing. Learners will explore the purposes and techniques of editing for film and television and develop skills in different editing tools to produce a final, edited sequence.
  • Sound Editing. Learners will develop the practical skills required to edit digital sound recordings and complete the editing of pre-recorded digital sound files.
  • Scriptwriting. Learners will develop their understanding of the role of scriptwriters before exploring scriptwriting techniques and developing scripts for media products.
  • Storyboarding. Learners will gain an understanding of the storyboarding used for digital media production and develop skills to produce storyboards for a range of media.       
  • Single Camera Techniques. This unit will explore the techniques needed to produce a single camera production.


All optional units and Film Production are assessed internally through a portfolio of work which is kept by students through the teaching if the unit. A sample of this work is then sent to the board for moderation.

Career Opportunities

This qualification is designed to provide a technical introduction to digital film and video production. Learners develop skills in areas such as single and multi-camera techniques, sound recording and film editing. This qualification is for post-16 learners who are looking to progress onto higher or degree apprenticeships, employment or into further education and training