16-19 Study Programmes


Level 3 Qualifications 

All sixth form students study for the equivalent of three A Level qualifications (1,080 guided learning hours).

This can be made up of:-

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A Levels) in one of three pathways:
    • Film & TV Production
    • Interactive Media and Gaming
  • Level 3 Diploma (equivalent to two A Levels) in one of the above, plus one A Level
  • Three A levels

The options blocks are provided below.  Students must select qualifications totalling 1,080 GLH.


720 GLH

Equivalent to 2 A levels


360 GLH

1 A Level or equivalent


360 GLH

1 A Level


360 GLH 

1 A Level

Level 3 Certificate in Television & Film Production 

Level 3 Extended Diploma top-up in Television and Film Production*

 A Level Media Studies

 A level Photography

Level 3 Certificate in Digital Games Design and Development

Level 3 Extended Diploma top-up in Digital Games Design and Development*

A Level Computer Science

A Level English 

A Level Physics

A Level Graphic Design 

A Level Mathematics 

A Level Media Studies 

* Extended Diploma top-ups lead to the equivalent of three full A Levels, and can only be studied alongside the Certificates in Block 1.

Maths and English Re-sit Programme

  • If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or higher in one or both of these crucial GCSEs, then in the autumn term you will be required to spend your non-contact day undertaking extensive study for a November re-sit examination. Once you have achieved a Grade 4, you will then be able to select your activity from the options listed above.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

  • Worth an additional 0.5 of an A Level, the EPQ  allows students to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. Students must choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea and decide on their finished product.


Sixth form students have one full day each week of non-contact time. During the first half of the autumn term, they will work with our careers, enrichment and work placement team to identify how they can use this day to improve their professional, technical and employability skills, and/or make a positive contribution to their community.  Options for this time will include:-

Work Placement and Employability Skills

  • Weekly work placements with our employer partners – ideal for developing practical skills and gaining a deeper understanding of the creative and technical media sector.  The UTC team can work with you to identify the type of role you would like to do, and to link you up with a suitable company.
  • Live project briefs – our creative and technical teams receive regular commissions from local businesses and other organisations.  These can range from market research and social media campaigns to live streaming of high profile events. These commissions are project- managed and fulfilled by students, with support from experienced UTC staff.
  • Employability skills – a programme of masterclasses delivered by UTC staff and industry partners on key skills such as communication, networking and time management.

Other Non-Qualification Activity 

  • Community and voluntary opportunities – we work with local charities and public sector organisations to plan and deliver projects which benefit the local community.
  • Business support – we can give students a helping hand in planning, setting up and running their own freelance businesses.

The goverment document regarding 16-19 programme study requirements are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/16-to-19-study-programmes-advice-on-planning-and-delivery