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Mahatma Gandhi International School strives to integrates new technology into the learning experience. MGIS has recently been approved as a BTEC Center to deliver the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (QCF). So now MGIS has again made a mark by being the first school in India to start a BTEC program. Edexcel is the largest awarding board for academic and vocational qualifications in the UK offering the equivalent of class 10 and class 12 awards. Edexcel’s IGCSE and GCEA level qualifications are recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as well as universities world-wide. Students at MGIS will now benefit from learning an international qualification standardised world-wide with progression routes in India and abroad.

The focus of Edexcel’s BTEC qualifications is on “learning by doing.” This program aims to provide learners with employability skills and transferable skills such as problem solving skills, the ability to plan and schedule work, the ability to work as part of a team and the ability to multi-task on different projects. The program will not only train them for the professional environment but for the larger picture of life. It opens new avenues for students and will enhance their technical and creative potential. Thus student will be fully equipped with knowledge as well as on hand practical experience which will enable them to join the industry and excel in it. For more information about the course, log onto: www.edexcel.com

Introducing BTEC @ MGIS

The education system at MGIS reflects many Gandhian values. In fact, “NayeTalim ” was an educational movement started by Mahatma Gandhi, the movement insisted on real world oriented vocational education. Therefore we find a very close and clear connection between the MGIS educational values and those of BTEC. MGIS believes in the need for vocational and skill based training and feels privileged to be associated with Edexcel, one of the world’s premier centers for vocational qualification.

The First School authorized to offer BTEC in India

Mahatma Gandhi International School is the first school in India authorized to deliver the BTEC Program. Currently, MGIS is offering the BTEC Level 3 in Creative Media Production. With the launch of the BTEC program, MGIS is now a centre for vocational training in creative media production. The first batch commenced from 2 October 2011, ‘Gandhi Jayanti’. This is apt, considering that MGIS was founded on 2nd Oct 1997, is named after Mahatma Gandhi and believes in the relevance of skill based education (NayeTalim).

Key features of these BTEC qualifications in Creative Media Production

The BTEC qualifications in this specification have been developed in the creative media sector to:
• Provide vocationally-related education and training for those who are intending to work, or who already work, in the creative media sector
• Give learners the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognized level 3 vocationally specific qualification, either to enter employment in the creative media sector or to progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Creative Media Production
• Give learners the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to the media industries in an applied learning context
• Give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.

Level 3 Creative Media Production (QCF) Course offered by BTEC, Edexcel.

– BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Creative Media Production (Television and Film):
Consists of twomandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 30 credits
Mandatory:
Unit 1: Pre-production Techniques for the Creative Media industries
Unit 2: Communication Skills for Creative Media Production
Optional:
Unit 3: Research Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
Unit 16: Film and Video Editing Techniques
Unit 22: Single Camera Techniques
Unit 30: Advertisement Production for Television
Unit 31: Social Action and Community Media Production

– BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Creative Media Production (Television and Film):
Consists of three mandatory units plus optional units for a combined total of 60 credits.
Mandatory:
Unit 1: Pre-production Techniques for the Creative Media industries
Unit 2: Communication Skills for Creative Media Production
Unit 3: Research Techniques for the Creative Media Industries

Optional:
Unit 16: Film and Video Editing Techniques
Unit 22: Single Camera Techniques
Unit 30: Advertisement Production for Television
Unit 31: Social Action and Community Media Production

– BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Creative Media Production (Television and Film):
Consists of three mandatory units plus optional units for a combined total of 90 credits.

– BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production (Television and Film):
Consists of seven mandatory units plus six optional units for a combined total of 120 credits.

– BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (Television and Film):
Consists of seven mandatory units (eight for specialist pathways) and twelve optional units (eleven for the specialist pathways) for a combined total of 180 credits.

Credit

The qualification is comprised of units with defined credits (this is estimated as being one-tenth of the learning time needed for an average learner) at an ascribed level. The overall qualification is determined by defined rules of combination as prescribed in the specifications. All units are graded as Pass, Merit and Distinction. Using the grading rid, assignments are created by centres to enable learners to be able to meet the criteria at Pass, Merit or Distinction; to gain an overall unit grade of Merit all the Pass criteria and all the Merit criteria must be achieved, and to achieve the overall grade of Distinction all the Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria must be achieved.
To gain the unit learners must achieve, as a minimum, the Pass grade; the Pass grade is in effect the gaining of the credit for the unit, and this contributes to the overall qualification grade. All units must be passes within the rules of combination to achieve the overall qualification. Please note that – unlike the NQF BTEC Firsts and Nationals where there was compensation (learners passing the qualification by compensating for not passing a unit(s) having gained Merit or Distinction grades in another unit(s)) – all units must be passed to achieve the qualification.

Title Credit Guided Learning Hours Equivalent
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma 180 1080 3 A levels
BTEC Level 3 Diploma 120 720 2 A levels
BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma 90 540 1.5 A levels
BTEC level 3 Subsidiary Diploma 60 360 1 A level
BTEC Level 3 Certificate 30 180 0.5 A level

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is integral part of the teaching-learning process. It is a tool for teachers and students to evaluate and reflect progress and work out possibilities of constructive feedback for future.
Structure of assessment
– BTEC assessment
• Formative assessment: In respective units, teachers give grades and feedback to the students on the bases of their submission of first draft in order to improve.
• Summative assessment: In respective units teachers give final grades to students on bases of their final project submission/project outcome.

– The Internal Verification (IV) process (BTEC)
Internal Verification of the Assignment Brief:
• The Accessor who is the SME and has been working with the students with a particular unit builds up the Assignment brief. The brief is a document very simple in which the students are asked to complete a particular task in order to make sure that the pertaining learning objectives are met. The grading of the task is pertaining to Pass, Merit and Distinction.
• The brief is then submitted to the Internal Verifier for the IV.
• All the comments that re made by the Internal verifier are worked upon and incorporated which now is known as Draft second.
• Once the Lead Internal verifier is notified of the completion of the Assignment brief it is signed and then distributed to the students.

Internal Verification of the Grades:
1.The grades are given by the Accessor.
2. The internal Verifier then sees if all the grades meet the Evidences.
3. All the grades match those targeted in the assignment brief.
4. Makes sure that the feedback is essentially given and given in the constructive way.
5. Makes sure that ways of improvement in the grades are mentioned and shown to the students.

BTEC Faculty Members:

MeenakshiGaneriwala (BTEC Coordinator)
NehaSolanki (Film and Video Editing Faculty)
KanishaModi (Pre-Production Faculty)
ChandrikaMakwana (Production Faculty)
Mihir Mehta (Single Camera Technique Faculty)

Entry into BTEC (Business and Technical Education Council ) level 3 Nationals in “ Creative Media Production “ for the Vocational training center at MGIS.

While no formal Admission Test is taken, admission to the BTEC in “Creative Media Production “ level 3 is based on the age criteria of the student being 14 years and above. Student should have inclination for Film Making and should be able to showcase previous creative work relative to Film Making. A personal interview of the candidate and parents with the Program Coordinator and BTEC Faculty is an essential part of the interview process.
Admission is subject to eligibility criteria mentioned above being met.

Edexcel BTEC in Creative Media Production Programme Coordinator – Ms. Meenakshi Ganeriwala (meenakshi.g@mgis.in)
Please contact Burhanuddin Chataiwala for all admission inquiries, fees and fee structure and for Hiring Opportunities.
Administration & Admission – Ms. Sakina Chataiwala(sakina.c@mgis.in) and Burhanuddin Chataiwala (burhanuddin.c@mgis.in)

Recognition

MGIS students can opt from different boards to tailor their learning experience according to their needs.