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Creative and Digital Media - Access to Higher Education Diploma

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Start Date: 15 October 2024
Attendance: Full Time
Location: Soho Centre
Suitable for: Adults
Duration: 1 year
Level: Level 3


This course will be delivered at the new Centre for Applied Technology in Soho, in the heart of London's Digital and Creative economy. This is an exciting new addition to Westminster Kingsway College, opening in September 2024.

Our bespoke building will provide unparalleled facilities tailored for the creators and innovators of tomorrow, enabling learners to hone their craft on industry-standard equipment & develop the skills that the industry desperately needs.

The centre boasts industry-leading equipment and state-of-the-art training spaces including:

  • Green Screen Studio
  • Animation Studio
  • Virtual Production Suite
  • Edit, Grade, Dub and Voice-Over Studio
  • Podcast Studio
  • TV Studio and Control Room
  • Lecture Theatre
  • Comprehensively equipped Alienware Animation Studios

The repurposed Soho Centre will act as a beacon for world-class Creative and digital sector provision, providing a talent pipeline of qualified and experienced individuals to access the fantastic career opportunities in these sectors.

If you would like to study Creative Media or Digital Media at university but left school without the qualifications you need, then this Access to HE course could be for you. Each year, over 20,000 Access to HE students apply for a degree course at a UK university; if you go on to complete a relevant degree at university, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off by Student Finance England.

This course will help you get the qualifications you need to study creative and digital media, or a related course, at university.

You will learn study skills such as note-taking, essay writing, reading and research, preparation for exams and oral presentation.

You will be supported throughout the course by a personal tutor who will also give you guidance in applying for Higher Education courses.


Topics covered can include:

  • Digital editing for moving image
  • Digital sound and image capture
  • Digital special effects
  • Media and popular culture
  • Reportage photography project
  • Digital images - manipulation and output
  • Digital animation
  • Individual project - process and realisation


You will need:

  • To be aged 19 or older
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above (or A*-C); however, you will be considered for the course if you have one GCSE at grade A*-C in Maths or English and the other at grade D with the offer of GCSE classes in addition to the course

All applicants must have an interview to confirm that the course is suitable for them.


This course is assessed through coursework assignments, tests and examinations throughout the course, which are set and marked by your teachers and externally moderated by OCN London.

Assessment is continuous over the whole year and is based on a number of set pieces of work such as essays, projects, presentations and tests.


Adults - Access to Higher Education

If you will be aged 19 to 23 prior to the start date of your course, and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification, you may be eligible for a Level 3 entitlement, in which case your study with us will be free. Otherwise, you will have to pay the fees yourself or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Please see here for the documents you will need to show us.

Some courses will have other associated costs, such as for specialist materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support, see here for details.


Once you have completed your Access to HE course, you can progress to a Higher Education degree at a university or college. 

You should check requirements for specific degree courses - different Higher Education institutions may have different entry requirements for similar courses.


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Clare Gorham

Clare started off her career as a commercial painter, painting murals, frescoes and ‘Trompe’L’Oeil’ paintings. Commissions included Europe, The Middle East and The US. She started teaching Contextual Studies in Creative Media, and Art and Design. She then taught A Level Media Theory and is currently teaching Humanities (African and Caribbean studies) at Access Level, Study Skills also at Access Level (commercial and academic writing for Creative and Digital Media) and Art A Level and Art History.

She previously worked as Programme Leader for Broadcasting and Journalism at the University of West London for 8 years, where she was awarded an HEFA (Higher Education Fellowship Award) from the University of West London. She also has a BA in Combined Arts from Brighton University and a CELTA from the British Council Bogota.

Her industry experience includes presenting work for Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, BBC, Carlton, and ITV. Film and documentary work for Channel 4, which includes an Award-winning documentary focusing on adoption called ‘The Colour of Love’, ‘Mission Divine’- a film based in India, and several ‘Travelogue’ films.

Appearances on Radio 4,5, LBC as well as being a freelance journalist, commissioned by The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday and Financial Times, The Voice, The New Nation, Red Magazine, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and a stint as editor for ‘Pride’ magazine.

Valentina Schivardi

Valentina joined Westminster Kingsway College in 2015, where she has been teaching Creative Media across the Digital Media department. In September 2023 she became the course leader of the Access to HE Creative Media course. 

After completing her Diploma in Photography at Riccardo Bauer School of Photography of Milan, she moved to New York to progress her portfolio. This was a significant turning point – she discovered her passion for teaching, whilst working as a teacher assistant at the International Center of Photography, Upon returning to Italy, her home country, she worked for a variety of commissions including Grazia Neri Photo Pres Agency, Universal Music, Milano Film Festival and Pirelli P Zero Photo.

In 2006 she moved to London to start a Master's course in Documentary Photography at London College of Communication. From 2010 to 2014 she directed Fotosynthesis C.I.C., a non-profit organisation that uses participatory photography for positive social change. 

In 2014 she undertook a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of Greenwich. Valentina is currently working on an ongoing documentary project about an Irish traveller community-based in East London.

At Westminster Kingsway College she has been able to continue nurturing and developing her passion for teaching Creative Media, as a way to empower and give a voice to people. 

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