Creative and Media
Studio School
A creative hub for all gifted and talented 14 – 19 year olds across Kirklees

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We're all about academic rigour and vocational creativity.

At the Creative and Media Studio School we focus our Key Stage 5 curriculum around a wide range of A Level and BTEC Level 3 qualifications.

The BTEC qualification lends itself well to the creative, flexible and personalised way we aim to teach and inspire you. In addition to this we also offer traditional A Levels, subject to availability and demand. To ensure you are able to take up your chosen pathway after your time at the Creative and Media Studio School, we also offer to those who require it, resits in their GCSE Mathematics and English Language.

What does a BTEC course look like?

A BTEC qualification can be achieved at following levels:

  • Certificate - completed over 1 year and is equivalent to an AS Level.
  • Extended Certificate - completed over 1/2 years and is equivalent to 1 A Level.
  • National Diploma - completed over 2 years and is equivalent to 2 A Levels.
  • Extended Diploma – completed over 2 years and is equivalent to 3 A levels. 

(You may see that Production Arts and Music/Music Technology use slightly different BTEC wording to the Qualification Titles above: a Subsidiary Diploma = 1 A level, and Diploma = 2 A Levels).

All BTECs are assessed through coursework; however, at least 2 of the Units you study will be set and assessed externally by the exam board, Edexcel. This means you will receive your grade for this unit by the exam board, and not your Tutor. The remaining units will be set and assessed by your Subject Tutor at the Studio School. 

What if I want to blend my Study Programme with traditional Academic Rigour?

In addition to the BTEC study programme route, we offer the options of AS/A2 English Literature and Language Combined, and A2 Mathematics. Both subjects are taught within the Studio School by expert teachers. 2016 has seen a 100% C grade plus pass rate in both subjects.
A good proportion of Students select an A Level to complement their Creative Subject choices. You can talk to the students about this pathway combination at one of our open evenings (Check here!) You can also read more about these options on the subject page links below.

This course will help you make sense of the economic and social environment that surrounds you. You will investigate business start-ups, how businesses should manage their resources effectively as well as studying market research and developing a creative marketing mix for a new product idea you...
Business Studies
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You will develop a professional work ethic whilst using industry standard equipment to produce films across a variety of styles and genres. You will be part of production teams, working on project briefs set by real businesses and organisations.
Creative Media Production
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Criminology is the interdisciplinary study of crime as both an individual and social phenomenon, with research on the origins and forms of crime, its causes and consequences, and social and governmental reactions to it.
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When you judge a book by its cover, choose a product because you have seen the ad, instantly recognise a company by its logo, or go to an exhibition after seeing a poster, then you are responding to visual messages – this is what graphic communication is all about.
Graphic Design
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It doesn’t matter whether your interests lie in literature, or in the exploration of language, English Language and Literature is a stimulating course that builds on the skills and knowledge acquired at GCSE.
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Fine Art
If you find art fascinating and have a passion to study it and develop your skills and techniques in a variety of medium then Fine Art is the course for you.
Fine Art
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Depending on the level at which you choose to study Music, there are a number of compulsory units that will be covered. You will fundamentally study and perform a variety of music from different genres and styles, as well as developing a greater understanding of how music is written and performed.
Music and Music Technology
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Performing Arts - Extended Certificate (1 A Level) & Extended Diploma (3 A Levels). This course will widen your understanding about the world of Performing Arts, whilst developing your performing skills in our purpose-built performance spaces.
Performing Arts
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Photographs are the universal language of our time; an image tells a story, documents events, persuades opinions and evokes emotion with just one click. Imagery is part of who we are and what we see.
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This course is designed to give you the opportunity to explore various sides of the Production Arts Industry in Make-up and Prosthetics.
Production Arts
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Stage Management
Professional theatre requires production personnel with both a general knowledge of production and specialist knowledge and skills within their area of practice.
Stage Management
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Textiles is a versatile subject that involves experimenting with a wide range of techniques and processes.
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There has never been a more crucial time in our society to develop and train young people to help in such a wide range of careers in nursing, social work, teaching, youth and community.
Health & Social Care
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About the school

The Creative & Media Studio School is open to all young people who have a creative flare and are aged between 16 – 19 years old.

The Creative and Media Studio School was the first Studio School to open in the world in 2010. Since then it has achieved a series of fantastic outcomes for students. Today's news (14.08.2014) follows in that tradition and we are delighted

David Nicoll

Chief Executive of The Studio Schools Trust

With this course we will be the fashion designers of the future; we now have the skills and knowledge to excel, nothing can hold us back.

Alex & Danielle


My Art lessons in the Studio School have shown me that it's not what you see, but what you make others see; I've been completely inspired.



With the skills I have developed and opportunities I have been given in the field of Graphic Design, I am positive that it will help me to lead a successful life with a very fulfilling career.



Photography means I can make Art out of real life objects. I love seeing how my skills can create amazing pieces of work, it's very exciting.



Textiles at the Studio School has allowed us to express ourselves, explore different specialist techniques, find our inner creativity and apply it to exciting scenarios.



Learning Business in the Studio School has helped me realise that Business is everywhere and has enabled me to see the world through grown up eyes.



Creative Media Production gives me the skills, confidence and experience to work with external businesses and create professional video products whilst gaining a qualification.



Drama has really helped me to develop skills I can use in all my subjects. I've really grown in confidence because of the way I have been taught.



It's helped me to realise the number of employment opportunities available in the Music Industry, giving me the skills to succeed in any profession. I've developed skills in communication, teamwork, cooperation and Music Technology skills.



Contact Us

T: 01484 382140

The Creative & Media Studio School
Netherhall Learning Campus,
Rawthorpe Terrace,

Named contact for queries: Joanne Ainley

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