FAQ

What facilities and equipment will I be using?

Students use the College TV and radio studios, which are equipped to industry standard. We also have industry-relevant software for film and video editing, print work and game design.

Will I work on any projects?

During your time with us you will have the chance to take part on a series of Live Projects taking part in community events and meeting employers demands. We have links with Turner Contemporary - Margate, The Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury Festival and Canterbury Connected.

Will I take part in any trips during my course?

You will have an opportunity to participate in a wide range of trips that will enable you to enhance your employability and transferable skills, including:

How many days a week will I be in?

Most full-time courses are in for three days a week. However they are longer days than you might be used to at school. Usually you will start at 9am and finish at 5pm.

Are there any costs attached to the courses?

There may be trips throughout the year where there will be a cost involved, this can be discussed at the interview stage.

Will I have homework to complete?

Yes, you will have regular homework to complete. You will also need to research and write your coursework at home.

Do the media qualifications attract UCAS points?

The level 3 UAL qualifications do attract UCAS points (these can be attract higher poits than a BTEC qualification). Please refer to the UCAS tariff table.

What qualifications do I need to study?

Qualifications vary depending on what you're looking to study. Each course page has an 'Entry Requirements' section which explains what grades you need. When you join Canterbury College, you will study English and Maths alongside your main qualification. This will allow you to improve your grades and boost your employment prospects. For more information, see our Study Programmes page.

What happens if I don't achieve my expected GCSE grades?

Even if you don't get the grades you were hoping for, you should still come in for the enrolment day. We will advise you what to do next and help find a course that's best suited to you.

Do you have links with businesses and employers?

We have links with a variety of organisations such as the KM Group, BBC and Heart Radio.

Do the lecturers have industry experience?

All of our lecturers have worked in the media and communications industry and we have a range of lecturers who specialise in different subjects. This means they'll be sharing their expertise and professional insight with you. Our lecturers are always carrying out extra training, ensuring you are kept up-to-date with the latest information and developments.

Is work experience part of these courses?

All of our courses involve work experience. It's a great chance for students to experience the media industry first-hand, and looks good on a CV too. Students are encouraged to complete 30 hours work experience during the academic year. We will do our best to find work experience opportunities for you, but all students are encouraged to find their own work experience wherever possible.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a mixture of practical and written assignments (projects, reports, presentations, posters etc..). Some aspects of the courses may include exams, you can find out more on the course pages.

What do these courses lead to?

These courses are designed to lead you into a career in the media and communications industry. Most of our media students progress from Level 3 to a Higher Education Media course at University before moving into employment.

When do courses start and end?

The majority of courses start in September and run until July and last for one or two years, depending on which course you're studying.

How do I apply for a course?

Fill out and submit an online application form. Alternatively, you can come to one of our Open Days and discuss your options with our tutors.

What happens after I apply for a course?

Everything you need to know is explained on our Applications page.

Do I need Maths and English qualifications?

English and Maths are an integral part of every qualification and you will need to meet the required level for the course.What facilities and equipment will I be using? Students use the College TV and radio studios, which are equipped to industry standard. We also have industry-relevant software for film and video editing, print work and game design.