Is a BTEC in Creative Digital Media Production Right For You?

Creative Digital Media Production BTEC

Are you looking for a career in television, advertising or all things media related? Maybe you’re looking to progress to higher education to complete a course in television and film or journalism and photography?

Visualised it, a leading Yorkshire based video production and advertising agency, are offering young people an Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production.

Is a Creative Digital Media Production BTEC right for me?

The BTEC is a vocational course that allows you to explore a range of different media applications from video editing to photography to radio production.

The benefits of a BTEC course is that you will learn important skills, such as independent learning and researching skills that aims to help you in their future careers. Unlike traditional A Level exams, where students generally spend 2 years gearing up for major exams, BTEC students are continually assessed on their coursework and practical based projects. If you hate the idea of exams, then a BTEC is definitely the right option for you.

Throughout the course, you will get hands-on experience in filmmaking, how to operate industry standard cameras and will gain a great understanding of film editing software – all transferable skills should you wish to move onto higher education or straight into a career.

The Creative Digital Media Production BTEC allows you to start putting together a portfolio or showreel of your projects for when you attend university or job interviews – an invaluable tool with which you can showcase your skills.

Will I be able to get into university?

The idea that universities won’t accept BTEC qualifications is a myth –  most universities, even Oxford and Cambridge, will accept BTEC qualifications in some form or another. The majority of BTEC media graduates will go on to study related courses at university – with the knowledge this qualification gives you, expect to be head and shoulders above everyone else. 

What does the BTEC course consist of?

The course will be structured around assignments which enables you to make real-life media products and will also allow you to develop your individual aptitudes, skills and knowledge. All BTEC courses are 100% coursework and project-based and will give you offer you real-life skills that you can apply in the media industry.

Come and learn with Visualised it!

The Visualised it team offer digital media training, formal qualifications and pastoral support for young people in Barnsley, along with workshops in schools, colleges and universities.

If undertaking a BTEC in Creative Digital Media Production, lessons will take place at our headquarters in the Barnsley Digital Media Centre. Visualised it Video School aims to inspire young people to learn outside of the traditional environment.

Lessons, assessment and resources are provided by our qualified staff – we are industry professionals with a wealth of knowledge and we love what we do.

Contact Visualised it today to start learning with Yorkshire’s leading media specialists. 


Looking Professional with Invisible Braces

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When you’re going for an interview or starting working in a professional environment, appearances do matter. Professionalism is not just about how you work or the way you interact with people in the work place, it’s also about the way you present yourself. Sloppy clothes and messy hair indicate to an interviewer or employer that you’re not serious about your work. This can pose a problem when it comes to dental work, but invisible braces offer the perfect solution.

How Dental Work Affects your Interview

An employer would never expect you to have a perfectly straight smile, and employing you based on your teeth would count as discrimination! However, if your teeth are in a bad shape, it can affect your personal confidence in an interview. Even on a subconscious level, it often means you smile less or not as widely and genuinely, which can impact your performance at an interview. This is one reason why cosmetic dentistry can be really beneficial when it comes to looking and feeling professional.

Other dental hygiene practises and implications can also affect your interview. For instance, missing teeth can make you look unprofessional, which is why it’s really important to talk to your dentist about tooth replacement options, such as dental implants.

Bad dental hygiene can also lead to bad breath. This is never good at an interview or in a work place as was discussed in another of our posts. First impressions are really important and if you potential employer is put off by your bad breath, it will make your impressive CV or interview much less effective.

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Invisible Braces and Teeth Straightening

If you have misaligned teeth, you might want to look at straightening options – not just for work, but for your general life and comfort. Cosmetic dentistry is often less about how other people see you, and more about how you see yourself. So many interview tips articles focus on positive thinking and suggest that confidence is 50% of the work! If you are self-conscious about your teeth and find that that impacts your daily life, it’s likely that it will also affect your interview, even without you realising it. Teeth straightening can really help you smile more, and a winning smile could turn an average interview into a great one.

However, as an adult traditional braces aren’t necessarily an attractive solution. Many people say they feel like a teenager again and are more self-conscious about their smile while they wait for their teeth straightening work to be completed. This isn’t what you want.

Invisible braces provide a solution. It’s becoming one of the most popular options for adults who want to straighten their teeth. Invisible braces are made out of clear, acrylic plastic and encourage the gradual movement of your teeth, shifting them into the correct position. Because they’re completely clear, you can wear them in the workplace or at an interview without feeling self-conscious about the way your teeth look.

Unlike traditional braces, invisible braces are removable. This means that if you don’t feel comfortable wearing them in an interview, you can easily just take them out and slip them into your bag.

Confidence is the key to interviews. This means that appearance, and the way you feel about your teeth and your smile is really important. Don’t hesitate to find out more about how teeth straightening with invisible braces can help you.

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4 most important don’ts of a job interview

…Dress inappropriately

First impressions are everything. Following the wrong dress code could be enough to to write off your interview at first sight. For example if you’re interviewing for a job at a local council full interview attire would be expected. However going to work for a small design company for example, something more smart casual is likely appropriate. Over and under-dressing can leave a similar effect, however it’s always better to overdress then to under-dress. Don’t be afraid to ask what the dress code is.

…Be late

According to the Daily Mail, 96% of recruiters agree that time keeping is one of the most influential factors at an interview. Not being on time, is not an option. If you’re running late you might as well not bother turning up at all.

If you are running late (which will happen to all of  us eventually) you should always call and let them know.  It still doesn’t look great but it’s better to call and let them know that you expect to be late and the reason why.


First impressions are very important, and going to an interview smelling of smoke, or having ‘coffee breath’ at an interview can be a huge turn off. Interviews are personal, people have to see themselves being able to work with you and most people wouldn’t want to work with someone that smells of something they don’t like.

Personal hygiene is very important. Going to an interview and smelling of sweat can leave an really bad impression, one of the first things people notice about you besides your appearance is how you smell.

The same applies if you wear too much perfume or aftershave.  Use these in moderation, don’t choke the interview panel with your perfume/aftershave it’s one more thing that can leave a really negative impression.

4 things you must do before your job interview

‘Fail to prepare, and you prepare to fail’. It’s a cliché, but there’s truth in it.

Before your job interview you need to make sure you prepare thoroughly. Even if you don’t end up securing the position, you can be safe in the knowledge you did your best.

Of course, every interview is unique, however, there are some general steps that apply to any application.

Research the Business and Interviewer

First and foremost you want to find out everything you can about the company in question. Take a chunk of time to explore their website, and get a feel of what they do, and where they stand within their industry.

This research will also help you decide whether it is the sort of company you could see yourself working for.

Make sure you visit their blog (if they have one) and check any existing mentions of the company online.

Review the Job Description and Responsibilities

It’s crucial that before your interview you get a good grasp of the job description and responsibilities.

With this in mind you’ll be able to discuss your most relevant skills and experience in the interview.

Make sure you line up any questions about the role that you want to know to ask at the end of your interview.

Practice Common Interview Questions

Search the web for some common interview questions, and practice your answers.

You don’t want to be reading your answer off a script, but make sure you have an idea of what areas you’ll touch on if you’re asked a specific question.

Preparing yourself for common questions can be really handy in giving a smooth and confident response.

Brainstorm Industry Questions and Answers

Finally, before you go to your interview, you’ll want to brainstorm questions and answers that are more industry specific.

Grab a friend or family member to practice these questions, and you’ll go into the interview feeling confident.