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. 


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.