NCFE Level 3 Creative Media suite

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NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media

NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media

  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland

These qualifications are not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables.

These Level 3 qualifications aim to enable learners to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to work in the travel and tourism industry.

They develop learners’ knowledge and understanding across a range of creative media practices. These qualifications aim to develop learners’ collaborative working and entrepreneurial awareness. Learners will also develop advanced technical skills and knowledge in one of the following pathways:

  • Social media
  • Graphic design
  • Animation
  • Games
  • Interactive media
  • Film and television
  • Radio

Learners will develop generic, transferable skills valued by employers, such as effective teamwork, planning and health and safety principles. As well as extending their creative and intellectual abilities, e.g. communication, innovation and critical evaluation. 

For those who wish to study at a higher level, the qualification will enable them to develop higher level learning skills such as independent working, research, self-reflection and collaborative learning.

Education context

These qualifications are designed for use in 16 – 19 study programmes, which are designed to provide students with a structured and challenging individualised learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their future career plans.

Study programmes normally include substantial academic or applied and technical qualifications, non-qualification activity including work experience, and the study of English and mathematics where students do not hold a GCSE graded A* – C in these subjects.

They are focused on progression to the next level of education, a traineeship or apprenticeship, or other employment.

Awarding organisation
  • NCFE
Qualification codes
601/3812/9 (NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media)
601/3842/7 (NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media)

The Diplomas have three mandatory units and three optional units specific to each pathway.

Subject areas

The mandatory units are:

  • collaboration in the creative sector
  • entrepreneurial skills
  • plan and produce work to a commercial brief

The pptional units are available in the following sector pathways:

  • Social media
  • Graphic design
  • Animation
  • Games
  • Interactive media
  • Film and television
  • Radio
  • Level 3

Level 3 qualification regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)

Level 3 is aligned with SCQF Level 6).


The qualification is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.

The unit grades and external assessment grades are aggregated to form the final overall qualification grade.

A Distinction* grade will be awarded to learners who have consistently achieved a Distinction grade in every unit.


Internally assessed and externally moderated Portfolio of Evidence.

Learners are set assignments. These may be in the form of briefs, scenarios, problem solving exercises, and research investigations and exploratory work. They are contextualised using realistic scenarios. The assessment may require students to produce a portfolio of evidence which could include research files and sketchbooks, reports, rough and visual designs, storyboards, prototypes, final product, evaluations etc.

All assessment is criterion-referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. Each unit within a qualification has specified assessment guidance.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

100 per cent of the assessment is from the internally assessed and externally moderated portfolio of evidence.

Resit arrangements

To achieve the NCFE Level 3 in Creative Media suite, learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning outcomes of the units as detailed in the qualification specification.

Learners who aren’t successful can resubmit work within the registration period.

Guided/notional learning hours
NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media: 360 hours
NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media: 540 hours
Guided/notional learning hours notes

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media: Total qualification time 600 hours.

NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media: Total qualification time 900 hours.

UCAS Tariff points

NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media

Grade Points
D* 84
D 72
M 48
P 32

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media

Grade Points
D* 56
D 48
M 32
P 16
Key issues for UK HE admissions

Learners may combine the Level 3 Diplomas in Creative Media with other qualifications e.g. A levels or other vocational qualifications.

Holders of these qualifications may have limited experience of external assessment.

Timing of assessments/results for learners

Learners are assessed throughout their programme of learning and may submit their portfolio of evidence at any point. Results are provided on a rolling basis.

Qualification dates notes

This qualification is current.

Reporting and certification information

Certification of these qualifications is reported on the basis of the number of certificates achieved over a 12-month period.

Progression information

This qualification has been developed with a panel of experts to ensure that the content is current and relevant and can lead to employment in the creative and media sector.

The qualifications require learners to analyse, draw conclusions, interpret or justify, which are all examples of higher level skills. These skills support progression to higher education.

Further information

Further information can be found in the qualification specifications listed:…