Film and Television Production Technology (Top-up)

at South Staffordshire College - Lichfield Site

Study options


BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
South Staffordshire College - Lichfield Site
Study option:
Full-time, top-up
1 Year

Top up your qualification

Complete this course to top up your Foundation Degree to a BSc (Hons) Degree

Learn from the experts

Study with qualified experts with experience in the digital video industries

Shoot a feature film in 72 hours

Showcase your filmmaking expertise to potential employers by shooting a micro-budget feature length film

We’re offering you the chance to top-up your existing Foundation Degree (or equivalent qualification) to a BSc (Hons) in Film and Television Production Technology to forward your career.

The BSc (Hons) Film and Television Production Technology Top-Up Degree is a direct progression route for those who have achieved a Foundation Degree (or equivalent) in the subject area.

The award is designed for anyone seeking a career in the highly competitive, yet ultimately exciting, world of film and television. Past students have gone on to work at companies such as the BBC and ITV. Others have set up their own video production companies or become registered freelancers.

Whether you want a career as a film or TV Director, Producer, Editor, Camera Operator, Lighting Designer or Sound Engineer, our course is specifically designed to give you the tools (and the professional portfolio) to kickstart your career.

During the course, students are challenged to create a feature length film from script to screen - to be filmed in just 72 hours! The finished piece will be premiered at the Lichfield Guildhall in the summer.

The course offers students the choice to take either a technical or management pathway for each of the 4 modules. Students choose a specialist topic for the final dissertation and film project; meaning that studies can be tailored to individual career aspirations and interests.

Successful students will achieve a BSc (Hons) Degree.

The award aims to enrich the following skills;

  • Advanced digital film production, lighting and sound
  • Advanced digital post-production
  • Film development, marketing and exhibition
  • Research project and practical piece of your choice

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Film and Television Production Technology

Course content

Much of the learning is 'hands-on' with students working on independent and collaborative film projects, including the production of a 72 hour feature film, which will premiere at the Lichfield Guildhall. Practical projects are underpinned by academic work to enable advanced research relevant to individual career aspirations.

Those opting to study a Technical pathway will refine their skills in cinematography, directing, scriptwriting, audio production, lighting and post-production - choosing which production roles they want to develop further. Students will become proficient in Adobe Premiere, After Effects and Photoshop.

The Management pathway develops the skills (and portfolio) required for a career as a Producer, Production Manager, Art Director, Location Manager or 1st Assistant Director. Students will explore Hollywood film development, marketing and exhibition to understand the lucrative tricks of the trade used by the major film studios.

The final research project and digital film is based on a specific topic of your choice; giving you the opportunity to develop expert knowledge and practical skills directly relevant to your chosen career.

Entry requirements

FdSc, FdA or HND (Level 5 qualification) in the subject area.


Career opportunities upon completion of this course include;

Film Director, Producer, Camera Operator, Editor, Animator, Location Manager, Lighting Technician, Visual Effects Designer, Art Director, Distribution Executive, Assistant Director.

Past students have gone on to work for broadcasters, digital video production companies, set up their own businesses and produce award winning films.

This course will provide graduates with the advanced practical skills and knowledge required to obtain employment in the highly competitive film and television industry.

Teaching and assessment


We know that our students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach through a combination of lectures, workshops, and practical sessions. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor (or equivalent) at least twice a year to help support you in your studies. You will be taught in high-quality learning spaces throughout your course, and of course will have access to virtual learning environments to enhance your learning opportunities. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module will give you a variety of opportunities to receive informal feedback from your tutor. These may include classroom discussions, discussions in the virtual learning environment, presentations, milestone assessments, and practice assessments. Informal feedback is developmental and any grades you may receive for these do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.


You will normally receive feedback on formal coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats, including one-to-one discussions with your tutor. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.


Leanne Knapman - Raising Standards Leader

As Course Leader and Teacher for the FdSc and BSc awards in Film & Television Production Technology, Leanne is responsible for the planning, delivery, assessment and management of the courses. Leanne has 12 years experience producing commercial video productions for the likes of Dell and a Masters Degree with Distinction in Digital Feature Film Production Technology. Having produced several feature films and documentaries, she won a Royal Television Society award and has 9 years teaching experience in Higher Education.

Ian Cawley - Teacher

As a Course Tutor, Ian is responsible for delivering lectures, workshops and assessing assignment work. Ian is a graduate of the Northern School of Film & TV with a Masters Degree in Scriptwriting. As a published author, he has also written, produced and directed dramas and documentaries, along with working for broadcasters such as the BBC. He has over twenty years teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Tarlochen Singh-Mohr - Teacher

As a Course Tutor, Tarlochen is responsible for delivering lectures, workshops and assessing assignment work. Tarlochen has over 30 years experience filming Asian weddings and photography. Completing his Masters in Freelance Photography in 2012, he has been teaching media for 7 years. Tarlochen has provided tutorials on filming Sikh weddings and is currently writing a book on ‘How to Shoot Sikh Weddings’, as well as studying a part time PhD, researching mixed marriages within the Sikh community through the lens.


For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time, top-up
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time £5,950 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.


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