Students studying for A Levels in Film Studies and Media Studies at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form have visited the BBC at Media City as part of their studies.

The TV, Film and Media industry is a challenging and exciting place to start a career, and the development of Media City means that there couldn’t be a better time to study for qualifications in Film or Media. With the BBC relocating much of their operations to their Salford base, it means that there are plenty of opportunities within these industries, including a dedicated apprenticeship and internship programme at the BBC itself.

The AS Level Film and Media Studies students visited the BBC to get a taste of what it’s like to work behind the scenes on programmes like Blue Peter, BBC Breakfast and in the six radio studios. The students had the opportunity to present the weather and learn about hi-tech production techniques.

As part of their studies in Film Studies and Media Studies, students gain both theoretical knowledge and practical skills which are essential to the industry. They are popular subjects for students who enjoy combining theory with creativity and are hoping to pursue careers in film, television, radio or other media businesses. The College encourages ‘real-life’ experiences in all subjects and the Media and Film Studies’ trip to the BBC studios gave these students a new perspective on what goes on behind the scenes, giving them fresh inspiration for their future careers.

First year A Level student Holly McKinney, who is studying Film Studies and hopes to go on to work in the industry said, “The trip to the BBC was really, really brilliant! It highlighted that there are lots of media jobs in Lancashire and up North in general, and they are not just specific to London, which is a worry for many people. It’s my life-long dream to work behind the scenes in the media industry and I am grateful that the College gave us the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the BBC. I hope to progress to university in Manchester and study for a degree in Film and Animation and visits such as these make me feel excited about a future in the industry.”