Sixth Form T Level Creative Media Technician Route ✨

T Levels are demanding, classroom-based, technical study programmes with industry placements, that will allow students to learn what a real career in broadcast technology is like while they study.

T Levels are two-year qualifications for 16-19-year-olds in the UK that are equivalent to A Levels and Level 3 qualifications. They combine classroom studies with real industry work experience to prepare students for successful careers. The T Level in Media, Broadcast, and Production offered by Global Academy is designed to prepare students for a career as a technician in the broadcast technology sector of the media industry. The course includes an industry placement of at least 45 days, during which students will gain valuable experience and develop the skills needed to work in this field. The course is taught for 80% of the time at the Academy, where students will learn the skills that employers need, and the remaining 20% is spent in a meaningful industry placement. Upon completion, students will receive an NCFE T Level in Media, Broadcast, and Production, which is equivalent to 3 A Levels and offers up to 168 UCAS Points. This qualification can lead to an apprenticeship, work in the media industry, or further study in a media-related field.

The T Level sixth form course is aimed at preparing students for a career as a technician in the broadcast technology sector of the media industry. 

Global Academy will be working closely with the following employers as part of the T Level sixth form course who will host a student placement across the two year course:

The type of projects which you’ll do during the course could include:

In the first year – alongside a placement at one of our employer partners – the T Level will help students develop an understanding of a broad range of issues relevant to the media sector, including:

  • The creative economy
  • The individual in the creative industries
  • Cultural contexts and media language
  • Audiences
  • Legislation and regulation
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Research skills
  • Project, methodology and administration

 

In the second year – each student will complete occupation-specific content on the creative media technician route:

  • Plan, prepare, source and generate media assets
  • Assemble, edit and finalise media assets.
  • Prepare, package and deliver edited media assets.
  • Preserve media assets for future use/reversioning

 

What qualification will I get?

Students taking this course will receive an NCFE T Level in Media, Broadcast and Production –  which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. The course offers up to 168 UCAS Points – depending on the grade you have achieved (pass, merit, distinction, or distinction*).

 

What partners are involved in this course?

Across the course – you will be required to complete an industrial placement of at least 315 hours (approx 45 days). This will provide you with an invaluable insight into the demands of working within the creative media industries and will equip you with professional skills such as undertaking research, generating ideas, communicating ideas, developing ideas working collaboratively with others and developing your reflective practice.

Global Academy will be working closely with the following employers as part of the T Level sixth form course who will host a student placement across the two year course:

We will also be working with Rise Up Academy to deliver this unique programme. The Rise Up Academy is an outreach programme delivering broadcast engineering and technical workshops to primary and secondary school children aged 9 through to 18 years old. It’s intention is to inspire, educate and inform children and young adults about the pathways and career opportunities available to them within the broadcast technology industry.

The broadcast media technology industry is facing a severe skills shortage and is currently not able to recruit the engineering and technical talent it needs. BT Sport, ITV, Discovery, Sky, Gravity Media, dB Broadcast and BBC Studioworks are amongst many broadcast companies who clearly state they need more technical and engineering talent.

Where could this course take me?

The T-Level in Media, Broadcast and Production is a Level 3 course which combines skills development with work experience and will equip students to go on to gain an apprenticeship, work within the media or study media or a media-related course at a degree level at university.

Possible jobs could include:

  • Audio visual technician
  • Live sound engineer
  • TV or film sound technician
  • TV of film production assistant
  • TV or film producer
  • TV or film camera operator
  • Media researcher
  • Radio broadcast assistant
  • Video Editor
  • Broadcast engineer.

What are the entry requirements for this course?

To be considered for this course – you will need to achieve 5 GCSEs at 4 or above (including English and Maths)  as well as demonstrate a passion, dedication and interest in the technical side of media, broadcast and production.

What makes a T Level different?

T Levels are new qualifications that are endorsed by business, they include a 45-day industry placement to help you learn what a real career is like. Find out more and hear from current T Level students by checking out the link below.

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unique media qualifications available to kickstart your career

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Life at Global Academy Sixth Form

🧰 Whatever route you take to begin with –  you will be taught the basics of each pathway when you join our Sixth Form in September– we call this your ‘Media Toolbox’.

✨After this – it’s time to get practical and you’ll get real life experience to work on projects with an industry-focused. You’ll get the chance to go through the whole production experience (research, planning, pre-production, production and post-production). During the lessons – you’ll spend time with our experienced media staff who will guide you on how to use industry-standard equipment and software. We also work with real-life clients and industry partners – so you never know who will be seeing your work (and could possibly employ you in the future!).

👉  In your second year – you’ll get the chance to specialise your study to really hone your skills and craft as well as make sure you’re armed with all the knowledge needed to progress into the industry or further education when you leave. Finally, you’ll work on your Final Major Project. The Final Major Project is the culmination of your Global Academy training and showcases all the skills you have learned at Global.

☑️  Alongside studying your course – students will get the chance to take part in a wide variety of career and work experience opportunities with industry leading professionals and our own in house careers team. One minute you could be spending the day with the team at TikTok learning the craft behind creating digital content and the next you could be hearing from a producer from a BAFTA awarding film – we call it #OnlyAtGlobal.

📍 As well as that – there is a wide variety of in house clubs, classes and projects for Sixth Form students to be involved in such as Youths Choice, Film Club, Art Club and more.

What else happens in Global Academy Sixth Form? 🤷‍♀️

Guest Speakers and Workshops

Throughout your time at Sixth Form – you’ll get the chance to hear from and work with guest speakers or attend workshops and classroom drop ins led by someone in the industry – previous companies have included Canon, ITV,  Sky, Grayson Perry, the Director of D&AD creativeBBCChannel 4, Global and many more. You never know which guest will walk through the door each week!

As well as that, once a week, we’ll spend some time together to learn about issues that affect us as young citizens about to enter the world of work with our Global Cultural Learning Programme.

Social Media

Enhance your social media skills with our weekly masterclass. Each week, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about building and optimizing your online presence, analyzing your performance, and creating a content strategy. No matter which course you choose, you’ll spend one hour of your schedule each week learning the tools of the trade to help you excel on social media.

G:Prepare and Careers Guidance

Each week during Year 12, you’ll spend one hour of your timetable in a dedicated workshop to help develop your media, broadcast and production industry employability skills in a session delivered by the Global Academy team. This session will ensure you have all the skills, knowledge and behaviours to land your first job in the industry once you leave the Academy.

You’ll also get access to Unifrog software for FREE during your time here at Global Academy which offers a plethora of careers advice and guidance at the touch of the button, as well as access to an industry mentor from Global and other professionals from broadcast tech industry.

We also have our own dedicated Careers Advisor office who meets with students for one to one careers guidance support and a dedicated team working directly with industry to arrange work experience, insight days, employer visits and more!

 

Enrichment, Work Experience and Trips

All students will get access to work on real-life client projects, undergo work experience at some of the top media companies and get to meet industry leaders in workshops and insight days. There are also a wide range of trips and visits available during the sixth form to support your course and pathway routes – from visits to ad agencies, TV studios, radio companies and galleries!

To top that off, there are plenty of chances to develop your content and design skills by being involved in the Global Academy’s in house content production company – Youths Choice and produce creative work for the brand.

Finally, there’s a wide range of after school clubs and classes and enrichment opportunities including our annual trip to Hollywood in Year 13.

FREE Adobe Software

All students in Global Academy Sixth Form get access both on campus and home-use to the Adobe Creative Cloud software packages including Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Audition and Illustrator to ensure work completed can be to a high standard. The Academy will give you access to this software on your personal devices during your time in the Sixth Form (valued at £600 per year).

Where Are They Now?

Check out some of the Media Companies our graduates have gone on to work for!

Students have graduated from our course into top media employers including Global Radio, BBC, Facebook, TikTok, Google and more.  Click here to find out more about Global Academy alumni.

Getting Involved

Want to know what life is like for a Year 12 or 13 student at Global Academy? Here are some of our Sixth Form students talking about their time with us.

 

You In?

If you want to kickstart your career in the creative industry – then click the link below and apply now to join us in September.

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?