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Creative and Digital Media Access to HE OCNLR Level 3 Diploma (C00001-171801)

This course is part of our 2017/2018 curriculum offer.

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Course Overview:

The Access to Creative and Digital Media prepares students without formal qualifications to gain entry to higher education – Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/D), university or art school. Students progress to top universities including the London College of Communication, Chelsea, St Martins, Kingston and Brighton to study digital and graphic design, animation, photography and moving image and web design.

How to Apply - Tutor Approval

Please complete the online Application form and book your interview by clicking Apply Now at the top of this page. If no interview slots are available at the time of your application we will be in touch to arrange an interview date.

To be accepted on the course you must complete the following steps:

  1. Maths and English Assessments: This MUST be done prior to your interview and takes about 1hour, you can come and do this at any time during opening times.
  2. Evidence of skills: You may be required to show evidence of relevant skills either by bringing your certificates or doing an initial assessment task
  3. Interview: The Tutor interview is to ensure that this is the right course for you and that you are fully aware of what is involved in completing the course

On completition of your interview and meeting the other criteria laid out in the application process, successful applicants will be offered a place on to the course.

Entry Requirements:

There are no formal qualifications required for this course although you need to have achieved or be working towards GCSE grade C or above in English and/or Maths, which you can take alongside the Access course if needed.

Entry is by interview. You will need to demonstrate an enthusiasm for creative and visual media and have a strong work ethic. The course takes place on two days per week (Monday and Tuesday) but you should allow at least one additional day per week for related study from the outset, more as the course progresses.

Maths and English Assessments

Before your tutor interview you are also requested to take an online assessment in Maths and English at the college. This will help us ensure that the course is suitable for you and that you have the right English and maths skills to enjoy the course and succeed.

To help you, have a look at these online resources before you come to college to take the assessment.

Advanced Learner Loans

If this is your first full level 3 course and you are aged 19 to 23 you don’t need to take a loan as this course will be free for you.

If you are aged 19 or over and have previously completed a full level 3, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover all or part of the fee. You may be able to take more than one loan depending on the courses you want to study.

Find out more about the loan

Course Content:

During the first term you will investigate the fundamental principles of creative and digital design through a series of practical studio projects and workshops, including:

• design for web and print
• website creation
• digital image manipulation and DTP
• photography
• animation
• film and video

You will progress onto a chosen specialism, extending your research skills and interpreting project briefs. You will build an online portfolio of work and produce a final project for the end-of-year show.

Alongside your technical and practical skills development, all Access courses require students to develop their theoretical study skills so you will also be asked to research and write an essay based on your contextual studies unit.

Assessment Methods:

This is a Level 3, unit-based course where coursework is continuously assessed through presentations, practical projects and written work. You will need to achieve a minimum of 60 credits across a range of module titles - Mandatory, Creative and Digital Media, Study Skills and Contextual Studies and these are accumulated as the year progresses. 45 out of the total 60 credits achieved are graded - pass, merit or distinction. The portfolio of the year's work is externally moderated.

Additional Information:


We can provide information about options to help you finance your course. You may qualify for a free course if you are aged between 19 and 23 when your course starts and it is your first full level 3 qualification.

For learners aged 19 and over the Advanced Learner Loan is available to cover the cost of course fees. If you progress to university you will not need to repay your loan at the completion of your degree.

If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees & finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email or drop in to our main reception area.

If you require further course information that is not answered in this outline, please email

For information on course fees and how to get additional help to pay for them look at our How to Pay for Your Course section.

Bring To First Class:

A pen, pencil and notebook


Regular attendance of 100% (apart from exceptional circumstances) is needed to ensure that you are able to cover all of the course content and assessment successfully.

Further Study and Career Opportunities:

Students progress to the Level 4/5 HNC/D in Art and Design at RACC, or to university or art school.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much homework will I need to do outside of class
A minimum of 3 hours per week for practical project work, research and written assignments

What will happen if I miss a class
If you need to miss a class you can contact the tutor by email. Be prepared to catch up on the sessions work in your own time. You will be given access to any handouts.

When will the exams take place?
There are no exams on this Access course instead course work is assessed throughout the year.

Do I need any special equipment?
You will be given a list of general art materials in the first session of the course.

Is there any tutorial support?
Academic and tutorial support is given throughout the course, and you will receive help and advice with your university applications through the UCAS system.

Information Advice and Guidance:

If you are looking for assistance on a new career path, course choice or looking for further opportunities then speak to our Information Advice and Guidance team.


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