Fancy working for a TV company, behind the camera or as a presenter?
Can you see yourself being in charge of a brand, channel or writing a blog on social media?
If so then a job in the media sector might be for you!
- More television is made in the South West than anywhere else in the country and Bristol has about a quarter of the UK's animation production industry. Aardman (who make Wallace and Gromit) is based there but many other animation and special effects and post-production companies are also spread across the South West.
- Oxfordshire has over 3,000 creative and digital sector businesses, which generate more than £1.4 Billion annually
Routes into this sector
There are various types of qualifications available at different levels.
- GCSEs in English, maths, drama and media studies will help get you into this sector.
- At 16 you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeships or through a vocational qualification,
- At 18 or 19 you could do a higher education/degree level course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are also other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.
Getting into the media sector can be difficult and competitive but an apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to impress employers straight away and start to build up a network of contacts. If you have the drive then an apprenticeship is a great chance to prove yourself. There are also lots of degree courses related to media, for example, animation.
Use the Course Search
Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.
More help finding courses and training
- To find out more about the qualifications needed in this sector go to Creative Skillset: for careers in animation, computer games, visual effects, TV, radio, film, fashion, design, advertising, social media, creative hair and makeup
- To find out whether there is an apprenticeship training course related to media that might suit you.
- To search for an apprenticeship vacancies available now related to media, across England (you need a vacancy to be able to apply)
- To find apprenticeship vacancies near you. Also, there are other ways to find an apprenticeship explained here.
- To find a vocational course related to media at a college (also check the college's website to get the latest list of courses)
- To find a university level course related to media
Do a free, short, online course to find out more (looks great on your CV too!)
Future Learn have lots of free, short, online courses that will improve your knowledge of this job sector and improve your chances of landing your dream job. Check out the available courses related to media