Video Production (National 4) Vocational Pathways

What is special about this course?

This course, delivered by Shetland Arts in Mareel and making full use of the venue’s production facilities, is designed to develop the knowledge required to plan, produce and evaluate a video production (examples could include music videos, short dramatic films and/or documentaries).

The course will introduce students to a wide range of skills:

  • Technical - such as the operation of cameras, lights, audio recording equipment and video editing software.
  • Creative - including scriptwriting, storyboarding and interpreting a project brief.
  • Transferrable skills - including research techniques, creative problem solving, group work, critical thinking and project evaluation.


Entry requirements

This course is for Secondary 3  pupils.

The course is based on the SQA Creative Industries National Progression Award and comprises 4 modules at National 4 level. The Creative Industries are one of the largest growth areas of the UK economy and job market.

1: Creative Industries Basics

  • Identify a range of creative industry sectors
  • Identify and describe a range of job roles and associated skills within a chosen sector
  • Review own employability skills and attitude

2: Practical Skills Development

  • Develop a range of practical skills
  • Review your own practical skills development

3. Pre-production

  • Plan a creative production
  • Identify roles and associated pre-production key tasks and skills
  • Carry out pre-production tasks appropriate to the agreed brief

4. Production

  • Contribute to a production in response to an agreed brief
  • Evaluate the production against the brief


How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Day release
  • Vocational Pathway


How long will my course last?

1 Years

This course is delivered in Mareel on alternative Fridays over 1 year, 9.00am to 3.00pm.

For Secondary 3 pupils.

Where can I study my course?

    • Mareel

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course will provide you with potential employment opportunities and progression routes to further study in a range of Creative Industries courses at Further Education institutions throughout the UK, including NC Creative Industries: Video Production at Shetland UHI.


Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

“I’m really enjoying the course, especially the practical things like writing scripts and working with the cameras. I hadn’t really thought about a career in the Creative Industries but we investigated a lot of different jobs and they look really interesting”


Vocational pathways courses are offered through local schools early in February when a booklet is distributed to all secondary 2 pupils.

Please contact your Pupil Support Teacher if you are interested. 

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Shetland UHI UHI. Shetland UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.