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What Our Students Say

“I think it’s the fact of being able to progress your creativity and be able to work on very new ideas – so whether if you’re going to do like a music video, a documentary, a short film, those sort of like projects where you just get something new, something you haven’t even done before, um it helps to expand your mind into something completely different and work into something that’s not the same thing as you’ve done before.”

Scott, Creative Media

“You get so much experience, like you’re not just doing one side of journalism you’re doing all different things – so one day you’ll be doing some magazines and then the next you’ll be filming in the TV studio so it’s just great to get to experience all kinds of journalism so then you get to decide which part you want to go into.”

Alannah, Creative Media

“The equipment is equipment that I’ve never actually used before coming to college and you know I had to learn about it, but when I did actually learn about it and get to grips with it a bit it really helped me be able to create new sounds on my instruments and stuff like that, and be able to kind of work with them a bit instead of just using old 2001 amps from my old school, so it was pretty nice to be able to use actually new modern equipment.”

Tom, Music Performance

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  • On average Media professionals in Leeds earn £30,121.74 (Emsi).

Course Information


Amplify news with this exciting programme. You will explore all aspects of journalism including broadcast, website and magazine. The skills you learn are transferable to other popular industries such as advertising, marketing, public relations and website writing.

Contact details: Emily Brogden

Please note the Fees(Adult) may be free depending on student circumstances, please enquire for more information.


Video Transcript

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INTERVIEWEE – SARAH ROBINSON – Creative Media Programme Manager (SPEAKING), SCOTT – TV & Film – School of Creative Arts, Alannah – Journalism – School of Creative Arts

Scenery – Students sat in a TV studio gallery operating the video and audio mixing equipment

Scenery – A tutor is lowering the lighting to be able to set it up correctly for use.

Scenery – A student is operating a TV camera in the studio.

Sarah Robinson – “I’m the programme manager for Level 3 creative media practice. So these are BTEC qualifications which means there are no exams, it’s purely based on the work you do in class, at home, practical based in short.”

Scenery – A group of students sat in the TV studio being filmed

Scenery – Two students in the TV studio operating cameras

Sarah Robinson – “We have 2 different specialisms, you can do television and film where you get to use this fantastic state of the art TV studio which we have as well as a wealth of other equipment we have things like DSLR cameras, tripods, booms we have all the equipment you need in order to be able to do fantastic filmin. You don’t need to buy any of your own equipment. We have all the equipment here to lend you.”

Scenery – Students in the TV gallery are operating the audio and video mixing equipment.

Scenery – A student using a computer to design a magazine

Sarah Robinson – “The Students come onto our course, they come straight from GCSE so it’s a very important part of their development the 2 years they spend with us. What we’re trying to do is not only develop those technical skills so that they are ready to move into industry or onto university when they finish with us or even and apprenticeship or traineeship but what were also trying to do is develop them as a people as well, so the way that we work particularly on television and film but also on journalism to an extent as well you work in crews. So you’re developing those team building skills, leadership skills as well, communication skills, all those kinds of skills which are really important once you get into industry.”

Scenery – A tutor is sat next to a student at a computer offering them guidance.

Scott – “I think it’s the fact of being able to progress your creativity and be able to work on very new ideas, so whether you are going to do a music video, documentary, or a short film. Them sort of projects where you just get something new, something you haven’t done before. It helps to expand your mind into something completely different and working to something that’s not the same things you have done before.”

Scenery – A wide shot of the empty TV studio

Scenery – A shot of the equipment in the TV gallery

Sarah Robinson – “We’re looking for learners who are passionate about coming into the media sector. You do have to have a passion for TV & Film or for Journalism if you want to come onto our courses and do really well. We have specialists within the posts, I am a former journalist myself and we have people who have made films themselves and edited, documentary makers, people like that to teach you, so they are people who understand the industry and what’s required.

Scenery – A tutor operating a camera in the theatre filming a music performance.

Alannah – “You get so much experience, you’re not just doing one side of journalism, you’re doing all different things. So one day you’ll be doing some magazines, the next you’ll be filming in the TV studio so it’s just great to get some experience in all kinds of journalism so then you get to decide what you go into.”

Sarah Robinson – “So if you think you are the kind of student who will thrive at Leeds City College then we really look forward to hearing from you. You can apply online via the website and if you have any further queries about the course then you can email me at and I’ll be more than happy to help you with any queries you may have.”

Scenery – A student operating a camera with a teleprompter. End Slide – Leeds City College (School of Creative Arts) END

Who is this course for?

Do you want to present stories through broadcast journalism, magazines and podcasts using information gathered from hard-hitting interviews and investigative research? On this multimedia course, you will create magazine shows in our industry-standard TV studio, edit podcasts, make documentaries and use photography to illustrate your articles. Now more than ever the world needs people to ask difficult questions and find the hidden answers.

Benefits and skills

  • Write sparkling copy for magazines, news and websites
  • Design eye-catching magazine pages using Adobe Indesign
  • Develop skills in interviewing, broadcast journalism and podcasting
  • Create magazine shows and factual programmes in our state-of-the-art TV studio
  • Use Adobe software to create broadcasts, factual films, documentaries and podcasts

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grade 4 or above including English and maths

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

Progression may include degree level study, an apprenticeship, or relevant employment.

Course details


1 year Diploma

1 year Top-up Extended Diploma

Start Date: 09/09/2024
Fees (16-18): No fee
Study Type: Full time
Course Code: 73866-01
Fees (Adult): £2,730 plus exam fee of £152

Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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