Sports Media Production

at Ashton Gate Stadium

This Level 3 Extended Diploma is centred around delivering real life projects, in real working environments and often for commercial clients. On this course you’ll develop your skills across a number of disciplines including sports photography, social media content creation, Film & TV production, audio production and VFX.

You’ll be immersed in a creative professional environment, working in Ashton Gate Stadium with exceptional facilities and networks that can give you the competitive edge in the future. This isn’t just your classroom, this is Ashton Gate Stadium, the home of Bristol City F.C, the Bristol Bears and the South West’s largest conference & events venue. You will work within the Dolman Lounge and press areas of the stadium, actively used by the Bristol Sport media teams and visiting journalists from the BBC, Sky Sports, BT Sport and local reporters. With food and drink outlets also on-site and other nearby amenities, you have everything you need to have a great learning experience. If you want a career in Sports Media Production, this is the place to be.

The course is built around projects which are designed to reflect working in the professional work place. Often you’ll be working with real clients on real commercial projects.

Key Info

Recent Projects.

boomsatsuma courses hold immersion and opportunity at their core. Our Sports Media Production Extended Diploma changes its projects and students' outcomes year on year, by making new connections with specialists and building industry-facing projects. This allows students to not only gain a valuable qualification, but, at the same time, develop a realistic and well-informed portfolio of experience at the earliest stages of their career.

Bristol City Robins Foundation International Tour

A team of students geared up for a week abroad with Robins Foundation to document an international sports tour. The tour saw them photograph, film and live stream both men’s and women’s football matches in Portugal.

The students were able to take over Bristol City's official social media channels for the week so that they could share the player’s and coach’s experiences to the public.

Sports broadcast and journalism visits

We were privileged to recently host sports journalist, Gregor MacGregor, and Sky Sports presenter, Michelle Owen.

Together, they produce the ‘Bristol City Live’ podcast and visited boomsatsuma for a Q&A with our students, who were themselves embarking on producing monthly podcasts for the Robins Foundation. Students spent the day with Gregor and Michelle whilst they recorded the latest episode of their podcast.

Kasey Palmer signing

boomsatsuma students were rewarded with rare behind the scenes access to BCFC’s recent loan signing of Kasey Palmer. They followed his 'media day', which included a variety of photo shoots and the production of BCFC’s famous 'GoalGifs' for the new player.

In turn, this opportunity inspired a follow-up project on which students created their own 'GoalGifs' for over one hundred Robins Foundation members.

Course Structure.

On completion of this course, you will have the strong practical skills and knowledge of the working industry needed to progress to university, higher education courses, high level apprenticeships or even entry in the work place.

Students progressing to university from this course are often better equipped than students that have studied A Levels because of the myriad of professional skills that are needed to complete a diploma and portfolio based assessments.


  • DSLR Camera Operation

  • Documentary Filmmaking

  • Video Editing

  • VFX

  • GIF Creation

  • Storyboarding

  • Lighting


  • Microphone operation

  • Sound mixing

  • Podcast creation

  • Foley Sounds


  • Photoshop

  • InDesign

  • Premiere Pro

  • After Effects

  • Lightroom


  • Sports Photography

  • DSLR Camera Operation

  • Lighting

  • Editing


  • Match Programme Production

  • Motion Graphics/GIF Production

  • Print Layouts and Formats

  • Designing for Web


  • Press Conferences

  • Interviewing Techniques

  • Social Media Marketing

  • Project Management

  • Event Management

  • Building a portfolio for progression

Student Spotlight.

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Katie's first publication gave her the opportunity to produce a double-page spread for Bristol City FC's Matchday programme.

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Isaac and his coursemates collaborated with partner Basketball teams to contribute creative assets used for both the marketing and live running of boomsatsuma's first ever Esports fixtures.

Career Progression.

By the time you leave us, you will have skills in collaboration, communication, creativity and problem solving, this means you are also able to apply for courses outside of Sports Media Production, having completed the diploma. If you decide you want to study something different, you will still be able to apply for a range of arts, humanities and social science courses. Past students have gone on to study subjects such as Business, Sociology and Fine Art.

See below some examples of the kind of careers that exist in the Sports Media sector.

Art, Design and Digital

  • Graphic Designer

  • Sports Illustrator

  • Product Designer

  • Web Designer

  • Events Manager

  • Multimedia Specialist

  • Sportswear Designer

Camera & Film

  • Sports Video Editor

  • Steadicam Operator

  • Press Photographer

  • Photojournalist

  • Camera Operator

  • Cinematogaprher

Management & Production

  • Sports Writer

  • Talent Researcher

  • Digital Producer

  • Sports Events Manager

  • Location Manager

  • Edit Producer

  • Production Assistant

  • Development Researcher

  • Assistant Producer

  • Public Relations Manager

  • Sports Broadcaster

Marketing & Advertising

  • Sports PR Professional

  • Digital Marketing Manager

  • Brand Ambassador/Strategist

  • Consumer Behaviour Analyst

  • Advertising Art Director

  • Researcher

  • Advertising Director

  • SEO Manager

  • Visual Merchandiser

  • Social Media Marketing Manager

  • Digital Content Creator

  • Campaign Manager

  • eCommerce Marketing Director


Key Details.

Application Process

Level 3 Extended Diploma worth up to up to 168 Points - equivalent to 3 A* A Levels. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded an overall Distinction*, Distinction, Merit or Pass grade.

Typical Offer

You will need to be on track to get at least five GCSE grades 4 - 9 including Maths and English or BTEC Level 2 Diplomas (at merit or distinction). In exceptional cases we can take students who don’t have GCSE English or Maths at grade 4 or above and we can provide tuition in those qualifications alongside the course.


Submit your application online via our website. All candidates are interviewed and selected primarily on their creative ability. Though experience of creative and media subjects are advantageous, we are more interested in energy and commitment, and welcome your application even if you have had little or no experience.

Course Costs

The course is funded for students ages 16-18 at the start of their course, however we ask for a £150 Studio Fee to cover enrichment costs. Students will be eligible to apply for a discretionary bursary to cover this and to assist with travel costs. Students will be expected to contribute to the cost of trips.

Course Duration

Two years, 15 hours a week + studio day.

Location Address

Ashton Rd, Ashton Gate, Bristol BS3, UK


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