PART ONE: Understanding Progression Routes

  1. Self- Audit and Goal Setting


2) Developing your Knowledge:

a) I managed to find more than five universities offering media courses that I am interesting in studying:


UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE provide some courses I would like to studying and they are:

a) Film and TV production: BA (Hons) Film and Television (Production) with Optional Sandwich Placement / Study Abroad BA (Hons) which is the undergraduate. However, the length of studying are different; if studying for full time, you have a three years. However, you can spend four years on the ‘sandwich’ which means you have to divide four years for university, work experience and another year for university.  http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/film-and-television-production

b) MA Film and Television (MA) which is postgraduate. If studying for full time you have to spend  one year studying on this course. If doing part time, you have to be studying for two years. http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/ma-film-and-television

c) BA (Hons) Visual Effects for Film and Television with Optional Sandwich Placement/ Study Abroad BA (Hons) which is undergraduate for ‘sandwich’ over four years. http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/visual-effects-for-film-and-television


UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER provides some courses linked to a ‘Television Film and Moving Image’ which I am interested in studying:

a) Contemporary Media Practice BA Honours: 


  • This course is for three years. There are lots of opportunities on this course, it provides knowledge about different types of media employment, for example BBC production, education departments, and internet design etc.
  • In addition there are work experience placement for second year students, for example with the BBC, Channel 4, and Pinewood Studios, Warp Films etc.  Furthermore, students have the opportunity to win the prize for their best work and can show this at festival and their choice of employment.



b) Film BA Honours (formerly Film and Television Production BA: https://www.westminster.ac.uk/courses/subjects/television-film-and-moving-image/undergraduate-courses/september/full-time/film-ba-honours-formerly-film-and-television-production-ba

  • Again, this course is studying for three years and is one of the best known film and TV courses in the world. Lots of students’ films are shown at festivals all over the world and the prize of ‘Student Academy Awards’ can be won.
  • Furthermore, this course’s aims to encourage the filmmakers (students) to be open to say something to the world. They also have the opportunity to work in the work film and TV industry, e.g. the work of ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’. Students working in theses industries will experience working with professional actors.



c) Television Production BA Honours:

  • This course is a full three years, and focuses on how TV programmes are produced. Students will learn hoe to use single and multi camera and also how to documentary and dramas series to TV commercial and studio entertainment shows.
  • Students will work with other students who are studying film, fashion, photography and journalism etc.
  • This course provide practical skills for example learning how to use lighting, how to operate cameras. This prepares you face the challenges of multi skilled roles in media employment industries such as children’s television, drama series, sport broadcasting and more.
  • In recent years, the students have won a lot of Royal Television Society awards. 


LANCASTER UNIVERSITY: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/film-and-creative-writing-ba-hons-pw38/


Film and Creative Writing BA Hons:

  • This is the combination of Film with original and imaginative fiction, poetry or plays in writing.
  • There are lots of studies and parts that excite me: study cinema history and in the second year- film modules such as the cultural history of American Film.



a) Film and Television Studies BA Honours: http://www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/courses/ug/16/P391

  • This course offers two media style to study that contains theory, historial and the recent (contemporary) knowledge, assisting to create practical producation.
  • This course provides the studying of how to analyse the different variety of national and internationla film to television texts and industry practices within the context.
  • This course also needs the knowledge and understanding from students’ creative and professional practice.
  • This course provides eight differsnt modules in the full three years.


b) English and Film Studies BA Honours: http://www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/courses/ug/16/QP3H

  • This course provides three years full time to study and is suitable for students who love the story the story from film or print (newspaper).
  • This course is about how to learn from stories in a professional way, using translation to create a film.
  • This course provides the skills by which to analyse a book such as poetry, drama, English Language and the written and spoken language including how to adapt the written language into film.


c) Television Production BA Honours: http://www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/courses/ug/16/P311

  • This course is provides a small group of peers the experience to work in the TV industry.
  • This skills to learn are how to work in an industry that is the highly competitive and have the confidence to set up your own producation company.
  • This course provide studies that include practical producation such as editing, camerawork, directing and presenting.
  • As well as all these students have to learn how to work with employers and become professional during the three years time course leading them into a successful graduate job in the TV industry.




a) Film Studieshttp://www.surrey.ac.uk/undergraduate/film-studies

  • Develop the knowledge of film and ‘audiovisual’ media
  • This course provides the studying of the method of the screen analysis, film theory, moving image’s history and developing the understanding of the genres ‘aesthetic traditions and forms’ which relate to the film characteristics and future form.


b) Media Studies: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/undergraduate/media-studies

  • This course is about building the understanding of media communication in society, including the detailed understanding of media communication impact of this such as social, cultural, political and economic on people.
  • This course also provides professional training placements such as work experience for students and recognises the students’ knowledge and skills during their first two years of study.
  • This course also provides teaching, assessment, career opportunities and global opportunities.





Film and Television Production (BSc): http://www.york.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/bsc-film-television-production/

  • This course is three years full time and is about the creating exciting film and television.
  • Students will learn how to use media techniques and use their skills to allow their imagination to create new ideas for TV or film in the professional industrial environment.
  • Students will be taught, by professional, how to direct, edit, camera operating, writing and recording to create a range of genres.


ADDITION: https://www.york.ac.uk/students/support/disability/impairments/deaf/

In the University of York, there is support for deaf and hearing impaired students.

They can provide:

  • Vibrating/ visual fire alarm for accommodation.
  • Notetakers.
  •  Sign language interpreters, lip speakers or other other ways for communicate support while in lectures.
  • Transcription service
  • Give extra time in exams.

If my other chosen university doesn’t meet my needs then University of York could be the right place for me. It depends how many deaf students would go to there and whether they are BSL users (using sign language) or oral users because I am reliant on BSL only.


NOTE: My tutor, Emily Manning, give me a list of few universities for example:

  • UAL (London Film and TV Production)

Include FDA TV Production in Exeter college

Wednesday 5th October 2016:

  • Today, at during the second lesson I had a tutorial with Mr Tobin at the Deaf Academy. We discussed about the choices of universities I would like to go to. I showed him a list of six universities which I have researched including an other list of four universities that includes FDA (Foundation Degree is a) in Exeter college from my tutor Emily Manning.


  • Tobin said that Bristol UWE (University of the West of England) is a good place because there are interpreters for deaf students. He suggested I could visit there with my parents. He then looked through the list and said that some universities don’t provide deaf support but also said it is worth to checking with them to see if they have any resources to help me to access the lectures. I told him that I could visit the University of Hertfordshire as it is where I live and I can use a bus to get there so easily. However, the main priority  is to find the right university that will meet my needs this includes their attitude towards deaf students.

My top five universities:

UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE: BA (Hons) Visual Effects for Film and Television with Optical Sandwich Placement/ Study Abroad BA (Hons)

I chose this course because I enjoy watching the visual effects used in films and television programmes since childhood.


LANCASTER UNIVERSTIY: Film and Creative Writing BA Hons

I chose this course because I am inspired by various authors who have written books before they then get made into films.



I chose this course because I am curious and interested in how films are created in live media industries, either in the UK or Hollywood.


LEEDS TRINITY UNIVERSTIY: English and Film Studies

I chose this course because I normally like to read books that are adapt into films which is something find really interesting in and want to doing it in my career.


UNIVERSITY OF YORK: BSc Film and Television Production

I chose this course because I am interested in how TV and film is created- I would like to do both pre production and post production such as script writing and editing which I enjoy the most.

Summary of university progression: the positives and negatives:


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  • Opportunity to achieve a degree at the end of the year.




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  • University maybe don’t have to match my support need to access the university lecture and exam.
  • Limited deaf students: possible don’t have time to meet up at university break or lunch expect in the hall or at the weekend limited social life.
  • Few deaf students in the university and communication difficulties with hearing students which may lead to loneliness.



NDCS (National Deaf Children Society):

I can’t find any work experience from NDCS for a gap year student but I find the list of jobs for volunteering for NDCS that interest me:  http://ndcs.org.uk/help_us/volunteering_at_ndcs/our_volunteers.html












a) There are some different roles for volunteers such as:

  • YOUTH SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS: This role’s responsibility is to ensure deaf children and young people are able to access parts of the event in the UK.
  • FAMILY PROGRAMME VOLUNTEERS: This role’s responsibility is to support the families and carers to ensure that they understand how to help their deaf child(ren) to achieve their full potential.
  • COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING VOLUNTEERS: This role’s responsibility is to help NDCS to raise the money fund so they can offer deaf children, young people and families the range of services.
  • COMMUNITY SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS: This role’s responsibility is to ensure NDCS help people from different communities.





b) There are more volunteering opportunities: Deaf people who are interested to be involved in NDCS volunteering have to be over the age of eighteen.

  1. DEAF PRESENTER (for deaf programme): this role’s responsibility is to deliver their presentation to families of deaf children and young people about their personal experiences about what it is like to be deaf.



  • To deliver the presentation, it will include hobbies, work, school, deaf presenter’s life and their experience of being deaf.
  • Be prepared for any questions that need to being answered, that relate to deaf presenter’s personal experience.
  • Good communication with families, other volunteers and NDCS staff.



  • Understand how to create a positive and inclusive environment for deaf people at the event.
  • Understand the use of good communication and presentation skills.
  • Be confident in the meeting and able to talk with families about your experience.
  • Understand your strength and weakness and able to identify them.



All young people with different type of deafness levels for example mild/ moderate, severe and profound, and include all backgrounds and over 18 years old.

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2. FAMILY MEMBER PRESENTER VOLUNTEER: (not suitable for me).

3. COMMUNICATOR BSL (not really suitable for me)

4. GROUP SUPPORTER: this role’s responsibility is to help look after (supervise) deaf children and young people while in activities and also ensure they get involved in most of the activities.










  • See Hear is set in Bristol and they have two departments, which continue to keep growing, called Bristol Factual and the Natural History Unit.
  • Now, See Hear are looking for the role of Researcher that are able to research independently.



  • To be a researcher, you have to work closely with the producer to research from different sources for the programme.
  • The researcher also have to able to identify different locations for filming; choose the suitable clips, after filming, and also the right choice of the music.
  • The researcher ensures that presenters are confident with the knowledge of the subject, for the programme which is researched by the researcher, and also everything in the filming goes smooth.



  • Have lots of experience and a good understanding of television production techniques and procedures.
  • Being creative and develop lots of ideas for the programme.
  • Use the skills of excellent research to support real life stories for the programme.
  • British Sign Language user and have good deaf awareness including the knowledge of deaf culture and deaf community.





  • Channel 4 provide the apprenticeship and it will reopen by summer 2017.

Channel 4’s aim:

  • Help people to get experience in this industry environment.
  • Help people to get qualifications they need and also to get paid at same time.


In Channel 4 industry, there is provision for people to work in the one of their department for twelve months.

People will have the opportunity to learn how to work, what employers are doing and how to fit in this industry.

There are a few roles that apprenticeship students can choose while in Channel 4:

  • Business Administration
  • Creative and Digital Media
  • Social Media and Digital Marketing

Includes the salary of £18,500 for hard work apprenticeship student(s).



  • There are opportunities for apprenticeship students to access from the range of the departments, called Creative, Commercial and Operation departments.
  • Plus, there are plenty of roles for apprenticeship students to try out in different departments such as Press and Publicity, Corporate Relations, Sale etc.



  • People who are passionate about media and ready to show their skills for the job.


  • 7th July: Application open
  • 21st August: Application close
  • 19th September- 5th October: Assessment Days
  • 31st October: Apprenticeship starts.



  • Channel 4 will invite about ten candidates per role.
  • Opportunity for candidates to show what they have got; their skills etc and to understand about the opportunity and how it could help them to start their media career.



In the summary, I would like to do an apprenticeship with Channel 4.

According to this website, Channel 4 provides the opportunity for disabled people to get involved in apprenticeships and work experience as well.

In addition, Channel 4 launched the Year of Disability in 2016 and they broadcast the Paralympics in Rio last summer in 2016.




  • Channel 4 apprenticeship programme is set not only in London but also in Manchester and Glasgow.
  • Working in the departments for twelve months.
  •  Study either Creative Media or Business Administration in NVQ level three.




  • Visit Channel 4 (4Talent) for a week to understand how the broadcasting works.
  • Shadowing people who work in Channel 4 to see how they work in the departments e.g. marketing, sales, Film4.
  • It is unpaid so the expenses will be covered including food, travel, accommodation (if live outside of London) and supports your needs.




  • Opportunity to have this experience of what it is like work in the media industry.
  • Good for my CV.
  • Build my confidence by preparing for my future job.



  • There could be difficulties for me to communicate with employers.
  • Miss out on a lot of information.
  • Possibly not to provide the right support I need.
  • Deaf awareness skills(?)
  • Possibly not accept me because I am deaf.


I am planning to have a gap year after college, or perhaps a two year break.














I would like to apply to Channel 4 for either work experience, a work placement or apprenticeship in 2017.

I had a discussion with my parents about universities options around Easter 2017 to see if there is any support they have to match my requirements. Secondly, if I change my mind about going to university as they don’t any resources to support me, I could still study a media course through the online university so that I could still achieve a degree.

I would like to going to Oaklands college to re take my English Language GCSE exam in case I fail this subject this year.

In the summary, I am aware that finding a real media after university and a degree could be difficult for me as there are a lot of barriers in the hearing world, for example if I want to work for the BBC, with Aardman or other TV and film makers in the media industry, I could  being rejected because I am deaf and that worried me, this could also happen to me when I try to apply for work experience or an apprenticeship. Hopefully, that won’t happen to me because of the Equality Act which states to protect people with disabilities against discrimination (discrimination is illegal and is banned). Also the Human Rights Act states that people with disabilities should be treated equally.






Promotion and Presentation Skills: 


Rebekah Afari Personal Statement
My adventures into TV and film have been an exciting journey. I have learnt so much that I can use to develop my skills and I am confident that my ability will continue to grow every time I make a mistake. From pre-production to post production, I am full of passion to learn new expertise. In fact, I have already learnt how to go through various processes such as script writing (which I relish!). I would like you to know that I am deaf and a British Sign Language user. Because I grew up watching lot of TV programmes and films, I love their visual aspect. Although I am deaf, I can break the barriers that I face; I can do anything in media and bring a visual aspect to it. I am most interested and curious to see what is involved behind the scenes. This is something I got to do recently when I was interviewed for the Channel 4 programme, ‘No Go Britain: Failing the deaf?’ as part of a group campaigning for equal rights for deaf students. It was one of the most fantastic experiences of my life.

The person who inspires me most in the world of media is Dominic Treadwell-Collins, a former EastEnders director. He inspires me a lot because he creates lots of exciting and relatable storylines, including some about sensitive issues such as stillbirth and rape. He inspired me to want to become a TV director for programmes such as soap operas. He has also given me ideas for storylines I could create in my own career.

At the moment, I am studying a UAL Diploma in Creative Media Production. I have carried out lots of projects and learnt so much. For example, I have made a corporate video for Exeter Deaf Academy website. In this video, I asked students their experiences in the college. This helped me gain insight of what it is like to work with a client. I had to take into account the specifications given by the client and what they expect from the film. It was a new experience for me and I found it fascinating, so I would love to produce work for a client in the future. Another relevant experience I have had was to organise and lead a TED Talk. During my talk, I spoke about how deaf people are represented in the media.

Perhaps the most challenging project I have done was my sound investigation, because I have no access to sound. However, I managed to overcome this barrier by creating a short horror radio script and detailed brief. I then delegated two other people in my group to read and help create the short horror intended for BBC Radio 4. It showed me that I can overcome any barrier and access media. This experience also gave me an insight into how radio works in real life.

In the past, I have really enjoyed undertaking work experience in media. I worked with the National Deaf Children Society (NDCS) in London for a week on a website called ‘Buzz’. Here, I collaborated with the fundraising and research team to come up with fundraising ideas such as a Big Cake Bake which aimed to raise deaf awareness. I also met with Family Officers to advise them of ways to meet deaf children’s needs. Finally, I worked with a participation group who focus on changing young deaf people’s lives. I helped members of staff with projects, Helping Hands, a mentoring scheme for children and young adults.

A university-level course will help me in my chosen career to gain a deep understanding of how types of media work in the industry. In addition, it will help develop my communication skills and enable me to use these effectively with people while working in the media. I hope media will also give me lots of opportunities to be creative, especially visually. I relish helping people by sharing ideas around how to make their work become more visual and understand how to appeal to both a deaf and hearing audience.
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Curriculum Vitae: 


29 Church Croft, St Albans AL4 0GN, | rebekahafari@hotmail.co.uk

Summary/ Skill

I am looking for a work experience I want to apply to. I am a second year student in Exeter college and I am studying BTEC Media level 3 for TV and Film. I am also a residential student at the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education in Exeter.

I have lot of skills that relate to media which I enjoy, especially most in pre production; I enjoy creating storyboards because I like to draw on each board in detail so it help me to know what I need to do while filming. I also enjoy creating the script; in my first year of the college, I did create a script for radio 4 drama with a group and the genre was horror which related to the murder twist. Moreover, I also enjoy working on post production which is editing. After the production, I can use script and storyboard to help me to follow the storyline.

Furthermore, I am able to focus fully and complete my work on time to meet the deadline. 

I am friendly and hard- working and would like to work with other people to help me achieve my future goals.

I am profoundly deaf without auditory nerve in both ears which means I am unable to hear and I use BSL (British Sign Language) as my first language and English is my second language. You can communicate with me by writing on paper or texting or by gesture.


I had a work experience placement when I was 15. I worked with the National Deaf Children Society(NDCS) in London for a week. I worked there on 16th-20th June 2014 and through the week I gained the following experience:

  • Work on the website called Buzz.
  • Work with the fundraiser- research the different fundraising.
  • Meeting Family Officer supporting deaf children’s parents to meet their needs.
  • Workings with Participation group who focus on changing young deaf people’s lives include their budget.
  • Helping one member of staff with a project by providing some ideas.

Personal Statement

When I was thirteen, I was involved in the YAB (Youth People’s Advisory Board) for NDCS to help to break young deaf people’s medical barriers.

I worked with YAB about two years with other deaf children from the UK and they were similar to my age. We worked out how to make other people, especially people working in the medical field to be aware how difficult it is for deaf young people to access medical help. For example, most young people find it difficult to communicate with doctors or nurses or its difficult to handle their independence when meeting their doctor.    

We created the survey for our friends, also poster and leaflets to make it more visual for young deaf people and their parents.

Recently, I was seen on Channel 4 which relate to the subject called ‘No Go Britain- failing the deaf?’ which was a really good experience for me.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5QX6_4koPY


I enjoy reading detective stories (especially Agatha Christie) and magical adventures (Harry Potter is my favourite).

Furthermore I enjoy the sports (my favourites are running and swimming) and outdoor activities.

I was also in the cheerleading team at my old deaf school when I was ten and my team came second place in the final of Hertfordshire Schools competition.

Again, I joined the running and cheerleading club in secondary school when I was eleven (year 7) as I am only deaf in both clubs and I really enjoyed.

I also enjoy on cooking.


1. Tobin Broadbent  (Exeter Deaf Academy) mobile number: 07880 590246

2. Ms Veronica Held (Headteacher, Blanche Nevile School for the Deaf) email: vheld@blanchenevile.org.uk

Additional Information

I am severely allergic to nuts. I am also intolerant to eggs.

I carry my EpiPen always.

Applications (university personal statement- above) 

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I had applied to five different universities with my CV and personal statement. It had been a while before they all had replied back through UCAS, that all replied on different dates and unfortunately, and also to my surprise, only one of them offered me a place and it is from the University of Surrey.

The University of Surrey, to my surprise, just directly, offed me a place without asking for interview. However I had discussed it with tutor Tobin, from the Deaf Academy, about my possibly achieving a distinction grade do he had also emailed Emily Manning from Exeter College to ask her was I close to achieving a distinction. But she said that it is unlikely so Tobin thought about Plymouth University because most of Deaf Academy ex students went there and most of CSWs (Communication Supports Workers) went to there as well as they have to support the deaf students in their course. Tobin also give me a booklet of Plymouth University and I had looked at the course that relates to media that I maybe like to study which is ‘Film and TV Production’ Foundation Degree (FdA).’ It allow students to study if they achieve Merit and this course look very exciting. However I have a while to consider if I really want to go to university and I have the plenty time to think as I will spend a gap year either in work experience or an apprenticeship.












Critical Reflection (500-800) 539 words

Firstly, I have mixing feeling about my decisions about this progress. I still haven’t make a proper decision about what I really want to do myself. However, I like to become editor, create website and blog, including work in TV and the film industry to produce pre production work such a scripts. However I am happy with my chosen universities although there are few universities options which have been given to me by my tutor from Deaf Academy and Exeter college. This stress me a bit because I want to make sure I have the right support at university. I am unsure who to talk about my career and my progression of my CV and personal statement. However, on Tuesday 29th October 2016 I had managed to talk with a CSW and my tutor Emily Manning, Tobin, Jo (tutor role cover in the absent of Tobin)  and my parents to clarity the progress of CV and personal statement which make me feel more relax than before. Finally, I realise that it is all right to ask any person. I know I have to ask for help, not just this project but other things which is stressing me.


I have managed to achieve some of my set goal- I achieved on creating my CV and personal statement before applying UCAS for my chosen universities. I am yet to achieve distinction, although through I feel confident about this happening in this future I keep on pushing myself to make my work professional and also to make sure my work is covered on what the media project brief want me to do. In addition if I want to achieve all of my set goals then I need to achieve a C or above in English Language to give me a good chance to go to university and for involvement in either work experience or an apprenticeship. It would also give me a good opportunity to find a job.


My communication skills have been used for visiting my chosen universities for open days. Firstly I will look on the internet to find the university email address before using it to contact through email. Through email, I will let them know that I am deaf and would like them to contact me by either text and email to make the arrangement for the date of university open day and interviews. In addition I will ask to provide BSL interpreter. Plus, before visiting a university or for a interview, I will make a list of questions to ask university that are relevant to my chosen university course and my individual needs.


I still feel fairly confident about my future; I know that I will have a gap year in 2017 so I will continue visiting universities and also applying for work experience or apprenticeships such as Channel 4 apprentice which I am planning to apply for around or after Christmas. However I still unsure about going to university because of my communication ability with hearing people and whenever the number of deaf people in university. I have a thought of doing university media course in online in case my five chosen universities don’t meet my needs. I still need to think properly about this progress.

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(My deadline for personal statement is delaying on 13th January 2017 due my tutor Mr Tobin’s absence and unable to finish my personal statement for my support needs for university)



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