T Level in Media, Broadcasting and Production


According to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) the UK’s creative industries sector added £109 billion to the economy in 2021 and accounted for 2.29 million industry jobs that year.  The workplace could be a broadcast or operations centre as part of TV and radio studio operations, on a film or television set, at client premises or a location shoot, working on site in live events venues, or home or office based as part of a content creation agency.

People within this sector typically work for a production company, broadcaster or media services supplier, or a broadcast equipment supplier/manufacturer, content creation agency or live events production company.

The purpose of the level 3 T Level qualification is to ensure students have the knowledge and skills needed to progress into skilled employment or higher-level technical training relevant to the T Level.  It is suitable for post-16 students looking to develop both knowledge and practical skills in the media sector.

This T Level qualification is ideal if you are interested in working within the media, broadcast, and production sector in roles such as a broadcast systems technical operator, production assistant, junior content creator, junior broadcast engineer. To a media, broadcast, and production related apprenticeship, or to further study in higher education.



The course content is split into a core component that has been created for this T Level and a choice of one of three occupational specialisms. The core component provides a broad understanding of the creative industry and covers the following topics:

  • The creative economy
  • The individual in the creative industries
  • Cultural context and vocabulary
  • Audience
  • Legislation/regulations
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Research skills
  • Project methodology and administration
  • Continued professional development.


The entry requirements for the T Level in Media Broadcast and Production are:

  • GCSE Grade 4 or above in English
  • GCSE Grade 4 or above in Maths
  • GCSE Grade 4 or above in Three other subjects
  • A history of excellent attendance

Please note, you will need to attend an interview for this course.

The core component on this course will be assessed by two exams and an employer set project.

T Levels will combine classroom theory and practical learning, and are made up of the following:

  • Technical Qualification: the substantial component of your course.
  • Industry placement: of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days) with an employer to make sure you have authentic experience of the workplace.

Achieving this Technical Qualification will provide several progression options. These could include:

Skilled employment in:

  • Control, servicing, repair and storage of complex technical equipment.
  • Operating broadcast systems in TV/radio studio, outside broadcast operation and outdoor transmissions.
  • Audio production assistant, broadcast assistant, production management assistant, programme assistant, runner and TV production assistant.
  • Junior content assistant, social media assistant/co-ordinator, and junior media executive.

Degree related programmes:

  • BA Communications, Media and Marketing
  • BA Media Studies
  • BA Media and Communications
  • BA Media Production
  • BA Film and TV production

Like many degree programmes, there are a spectrum of entry requirements for media, broadcast and production; so be prepared to show a portfolio or speak about your experience.

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