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Media Diploma Level 1

  • 1

    Level 1

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2023

  • Venue
    CCN-Main Campus

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2023, Full Time


Students work towards the University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 1 Art, Design and Media Diploma during one year of study.
If you have had an interrupted education in mainstream school and need to build confidence and develop your skills in a supportive environment, then this is the course for you. This is a practical, hands-on course that will develop your skills of media production, collaborative team working, research and communication skills. The course models industry practice with assignments designed to provide outstanding experiences of real work. In addition to your main programme you will study English and Maths. Depending on your grades on entry you will study either Functional Skills or GCSE.

Testimonials from past students:

"When I was on Media Level 1 I had so much fun because I could be as creative as I wanted. On the Media Level 1 course I made loads of new friends which made me confident on the course because I knew that my new friends would be by my side no matter what. If anyone wants to have a job that’s related to Media in the future I would definitely recommend doing this course because it’s the best thing I ever did because I am now progressing in Media Level 2" - Miya Clarke-Cavanagh, Media Level 1 2019-2020

When I was doing Media Level 1, I had a wonderful time, because I was able to learn more about filming and editing, but I could also be as creative as I could. I made loads of new friends there. I would recommend doing Media Level 1 and progressing to Media Level 2. - Jack Snowden, Class of 2021

Follow @CCNCreativeArts on Twitter and @CCNCreative on Instagram for updates and examples of current student work.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of of 3 GCSEs at Grade 2 or above to include GCSE English Language and Maths. Students must also have an enthusiasm for media and media production, which will be demonstrated via a pre-interview task which will be discussed at an informal interview.


The University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 1 Diploma in Art, Design and Media is assessed through a series of projects that are designed to broaden student’s skills, experience and expertise. The projects are multi-disciplinary and require students to work collaboratively and pro-actively with fellow students as well as external clients and stakeholders. A final end-point assessment (commonly referred to as the Final Major Project) decides the student’s overall grade for the year which is graded at: PASS/MERIT or DISTINCTION


Successfully completing the Level 1 Diploma to at least a Merit along with achieving GCSE English Language & Maths to Grade 3 will provide direct entry onto the Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media. Students can also apply for alternative Level 2 courses within the department that may better suit their career aims such as: Art & Design, Music, Dance and Production Arts.

Career Progression

City College Norwich is a member of the University of the Arts London (UAL) Progression Partnership to promote the recruitment of talented, creative students from high quality further education institutions to UAL higher education degree level courses. The course team also work with local and national higher education providers such as NUA, London College of Communication and Central St Martins to ensure that our students are ready and prepared for their next step. City College Norwich also has an outstanding Apprenticeship Team who can provide advice and guidance for students wishing to follow an Apprenticesip route into the industry.

For those students who choose not to pursue careers within the creative industries the course provides fantastic opportunities to develop collaborative working skills, problem-solving, creative and higher order evaluative skills demanded by universities and employers.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over fees may be payable.