Pathways at 16

Choosing your pathway

There are four pathways within our technical specialism qualification at 16:

  • TV & Film
  • Interactive Media & Graphics
  • Radio & Audio
  • Interactive Media & Gaming

When you join us in Year 12 you will be given detailed information, advice, and guidance to help you choose the most suitable courses and level.

TV & Film

You will:

  • Be part of a technical team for live broadcast
  • Work on real and new TV content, from being a runner to working in on-line broadcast
  • Manage post-production data ingest and distribution
  • Edit digital content for play out
  • Prepare transcripts and graphic overlays
  • Output content for multi-format consumption
  • Develop full technical training on high-end studio and acquisition cameras
  • Develop technical lighting skills for studio recording

View the course outline.

Read more about the unit choices in this pathway.

Interactive Media & Graphics

You will:

  • Create and prepare 2D and 3D designs for export to filmmakers and games studios
  • Learn how to composite special effects sequences for film, TV and advertising content
  • Manage the rendering process for 3D designs and special visual effects
  • Learn how to create and prepare animation sequences
  • Repair and enhance location and outside broadcast content
  • Create 2D and 3D content for mobile and tablet applications

View the course outline.

Read more about the units in this pathway.

Radio & Audio

You will:

  • Learn to use intelligent automated management and distribution of audio
  • Use computer system schedules to broadcast files
  • Learn to set up an electronic programme guide, route channels and studio-live broadcasts
  • Learn to transfer audio data in multiple formats to appropriate output devices including radio, video, TV and web
  • Learn rights management and how to track programmes using automated audio tracking
  • Create multi-track sound recordings for film incorporating music and special effects

View the course outline.

Read more about the units in this pathway.

Interactive Media & Gaming

You will:

  • Learn how to use a variety of game engines
  • Learn how to use appropriate scripting languages
  • Apply copyright law requirements
  • Learn how to write game logic
  • Engage cross-platform development
  • Learn how to use 3D software
  • Test and refine models
  • Make virtual and physical models and puppets
  • Use online games stores
  • Experience the workflow of a games studio
  • Create 2D and 3D assets for gaming content
  • Work directly in software development teams
  • Prepare content and programming for tablet and mobile applications

View the course outline.

Read more about the units in this pathway.

Taught by industry experts

All our technical pathways involve studying courses within either a BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 or an Extended Certificate Level 2 in Creative Media Production.

We teach in close collaboration with the University of Salford and our employer partners. These partners will come from the media industry, and offer real technical expertise and insight on the latest digital developments. You will have the opportunity to incorporate work experience into your studies.