Full and Part Time Courses

SV Academy offers a range of exciting courses aimed at anyone wishing to gain skills in Media, Music and ICT. For the entry 3 and level 1 qualifications listed below, no prior knowledge, understanding or skills are required for learners to register on courses. However, learners will require previous knowledge of the subject specialism to study and register on the level 2 programmes. All full-time courses include mandatory functional skills English and Maths, which supports learners reading and writing skills whilst they are studying on our range of vocational courses.

BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Creative Media Production

The level 1 certificate extends the work-related focus from the Level 1 Award course and covers various vocational disciplines, such as; Developing Video Products, Photography, Audio Production, Creating Digital Images and Job Opportunities in the Creative Media sector. Successful completion of this course will enable progression to level 2 course programmes.

BTEC Level 1 in ICT Functional Skills

The ICT course will enable learners to develop a range of Information computer technology software skills and will cover the necessary basics of word processing, file management and Internet research.

BTEC Entry Level 1 and Level 2 Awards in WorkSkills

The BTEC Awards in WorkSkills have been designed to offer learners a flexible, relevant course to improve their understanding and application of work-based skills. These qualifications ensure that the knowledge, skills and understanding they provide are relevant, current and useful for learners and potential employers. The qualifications have been designed to support employability.

BTEC Level 2 Award in Creative Digital Media Production

This qualification has been developed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of media for anyone wishing to explore employability skills for this area. It covers; Digital Moving Image Production, Digital Audio Production, Website Production, Planning and Pitching a Digital Media Product, Digital Media Sectors and Audiences.

BTEC Level 2 Award in Music

This qualification will cover essential knowledge about the music industry and will develop creative music skills. It is for anyone wanting to succeed in the modern music industry, where there is a need for personal business management and entrepreneurship. It covers; Music Sequencing, Music Performance, The Music Industry and Managing a Music Product.

BTEC Entry Level 3 Award in Art and Design

This introductory creative art and design course will cover the basics of photography, sketches, websites and leaflet design. It will also include the study of modern print formats such as; magazines, books and other visual communication materials that can be found in libraries. Learners may progress to level 1 course programmes.

BTEC Level 1 Award in Art and Design

This course provides foundation learning for anyone considering employment in the Art and Design sector. It will explore drawing and a personal project using Computers, Video and Still Photography. The course will also cover self assessment and evaluative skills.

BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Art and Design

The certificate course extends the work based learning focus of the level 1 Award course and will cover various artistic projects through the use of mixed media materials and the creation of an Accessory Project using Drawing, Painting, Computer Graphics, Video or Still Photography. Successful completion of this course will enable progression to the level 2 course programme.

BTEC Level 2 Award in Art and Design

This qualification will focus on the essential Art and Design creative skills that are linked to the media sector and will cover specialist skills within the pathway through work on creative projects, which will include the following; Photography, Video Production, Digital Editing Software, Product Design, Animation, Drawing, Painting and Graphic Design.

BTEC Entry Level 2 Award in Personal and Social Development

This course aims to explore the skills, qualities and interests needed for success in personal and working life. It is a practical course, which is designed to develop confidence when working on projects individually or within a group. This course will cover the following course units; Working towards Goals, Working as Part of a Group and Developing Self.

BTEC Entry Level 3 Award in Personal and Social Development

This course aims to teach and encourage the skills and qualities in relation to those needed at work and to use this understanding to identify key personal information needed for a job application. This course will cover the following units; Preparation for Work, Dealing with Problems in Daily Life and Managing Own Money.

Learner profile

Developed in consultation with employers and teaching professionals, BTEC Firsts are designed for level 2 learners, and are equivalent to GCSEs.

The majority of BTEC First students are likely to be in the 14-19 age group, although BTEC Firsts are suitable for learners of any age needing an engaging introduction to life and work in a vocational sector.

A successful BTEC First learner demonstrates the high standards of knowledge, practical skills and understanding required for further study and employment.

What you learn

BTECs Firsts are divided into:

  • core or mandatory units
  • optional specialist units.

Each unit covers a specific area of knowledge, skills and understanding required by the sector.

Every BTEC First learner will study the mandatory units, ensuring all students gain a solid foundation through a broad understanding and knowledge of the sector.

The BTEC First teaching team then has the freedom to build a course to suit local needs and their learners’ interests and aspirations by selecting from a range of optional units and pathways that support progression to further study, an apprenticeship or into employment.

How you learn

BTEC students develop their knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context.

The teaching team creates a series of assignments, which can be written or activity based. The format of the assignments varies to suit the needs of the subject area, and could include activities such as creating a film clip, planning and putting on a performance, or creating a business plan.

BTEC First assignments offer learners the opportunity to demonstrate their learning in a real-life context. Students work on assignments in a variety of ways; some they complete on their own, and for others they work as part of a team.

How you are assessed

All BTEC Firsts are assessed predominantly through teacher- or tutor-led internal assessment. Next generation BTEC Firsts are assessed through a combination of internal and external assessment.

Next generation BTEC Firsts (NQF)

Next generation BTEC Firsts (NQF) are assessed through a combination of:

  • teacher- or tutor-led internal assessment throughout the course using assignments (see 'How you learn' above)
  • up to 25% external assessment (a test set by the awarding organisation) which can be taken either during or at the end of the course.

The type of external assessment is tailored to the subject, and can be:

  • a paper-based test
  • a set task
  • an onscreen, on-demand test.

Together, these styles of assessment provide:

  • the opportunity to measure progress on a continuous basis (as you do in the workplace)
  • the rigour of external benchmarking expected by employers and higher education institutions.