Cornwall Film & Beacon Media in conjunction with The European Social Fund for Widening participation are proud to announce a new major skills project for Cornwall

Film crew at work

Who’s it for?

This Widening Participation aims to improve pathways from vocational programmes to higher education and to increase access for all to higher level skills training through innovative and flexible access routes which address barriers to participation. Targeting those least likely to access HE including part-time employees, older workers and other disengaged and disadvantaged groups.

The project will be delivered across the whole of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with particular interventions aimed at HE cold spots.The focus of the project is working with employed or self-employed participants.  By exception, a small proportion of participants can be unemployed or economically inactive, e.g. response to redundancy, higher level skills need.

Participants should be without a relevant qualification at Level 4. There are no fixed prior attainment requirements. Activities shall be delivered in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Priority Groups Include: employed females, participants aged 54 and over, participants from ethnic minorities, participants with disabilities & single adult household with dependent children.
We’ll also be working with partners such as Cornwall College, Truro and Penwith College, Exeter University and the Isles of Scilly Council and plan to directly address:

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What is the course about?

Get Creative is a practical work-related course. The course is aimed at participants who wish to pursue a higher level media course that also prepares them for vocational training  or  employment.

What can I do to prepare myself to study this subject?

Watch a wide range of films and TV programmes. Regularly read the newspaper or news online, from a high quality source such as or Try making films, publishing some journalism, making your own blog using your camera phone / laptop and free software. Useful text books include The Media Student’s Book- Branston and Stafford.

Where can this lead me?

Many of our students choose to go to study Media Production, Film and TV Studies, Sports and Media, Multimedia production, Journalism, and Marketing.

What are the enrichment opportunities as part of this subject?

There are trips including visits to TV studios and free film screenings.You will also have the opportunity to participate in community media projects. We have strong links with media professionals and we regularly invite them to work with participants.

What units/topics will be studied?

You will develop practical skills to enable you to produce your own media products as well as developing your creative skills. You will research and analyse media, look at careers in media industries,  produce videos, print products, photography and video editing. Participants will undertake production tasks from different areas, based on one of three Production Briefs you will be able to choose from three options

Is it for me ?

Yes for everyone, of all abilities. The vocational learning style is completely different from formal exams. Participants may research their topics and present results in a wide variety of ways.  You don’t have to work alone – group interaction can often play an important part, for example through teamwork but our aim is that you produce something for yourself.  

The project is receiving up to £36,713 of funding from the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit