POST PRODUCTION ENGINEER APPRENTICESHIP

Overview

This standard was written by the industry to meet a skills shortage in the post production sector.

Screenskills oversaw its development in conjunction with a group of trailblazers including Envy Post Production, Evolution Partnership, Framestore, Goldcrest Films Moving Picture, and The Finish. The standard was approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (IfATE).

This is a level 5 apprenticeship which will lead to work as an engineer in the post-production sector. Key duties of a Post Production Engineer include ensuring that clients are able to utilise facilities and technology at their best to achieve the best production standards, engaging with colleagues and clients to identify their needs, and devising solutions to production outcomes that are desired.

Post Production Engineers will work as part of a team of both creative and technical individuals in a studio environment. The broad purpose of the occupation is to enable creative individuals in the film and television sector to be able to produce high quality content.

Apprentices will be assessed via a professional discussion, a presentation and a project report.

Why Post Production at LSBU?

We have a successful history of supporting employer sponsored students, with one third studying part-time, one of the highest number of any university.
Work with industry leading software such as Media Composer, Nuke and DaVinci/Fusion.
Elephant Studios: Multi-million pound studio facilities at the forefront of digital technologies and multimedia practice for creative students.
Top 5 in London for student satisfaction in Film Production and Photography (Guardian 2019).

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
ModeFull-time DurationUp to 24 Months Practical Period & 6 Months EPA (30 months) Start dateJanuary Application code5905 Application method Direct to LSBU

Location

London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.

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Entry Level Requirements

All applicants must hold:

Maths and English GCSE A-C or grade 4 or level 2 equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) AND

48 UCAS tariff points such as.:

  • BTEC National Extended Diploma (PPP) or
  • BTEC National Diploma (MP) or
  • BTEC National Foundation Diploma (M) or
  • BTEC Extended Certificate (D) or
  • A level (DD) or
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications or
  • T-level (Merit or above) (UCAS points: 120)

A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL

Missing English and Maths qualifications?

If you do not have the required English and Maths qualifications needed to satisfy the entry requirements for this programme, we have courses available at our partner College that you can take to upskill in these areas. Find out more at South Bank College.

Funding

The cost of the apprenticeship is paid fully by the employer (sometimes part funded by the government) through apprenticeship levy. The apprenticeship levy is a pot of money some companies pay into, which all businesses have access to spend on the training costs of apprenticeships. Companies fall into two categories: levy-payers (who pay into the pot) and non-levy payers (who do not). You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers

The apprentice does not contribute toward the cost of study.

Bands

Apprenticeship standards are all assigned a funding band by the Government – these funding bands are the maximum amount the Government will fund via the levy towards a given apprenticeship standard. There are currently 30 funding bands ranging from £1,000 to £27,000.

Incentives

Employers with less than 50 staff sending an apprentice aged 16-18 will have 100% of the training costs paid by the government. All employers who employ an apprentice aged 16-18 on the first day of teaching will receive a £1,000 incentive from the government. You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers.

Cost

You can find out the funding band for an Apprenticeship Standard on the Government website. To find out how much we are charging, please get in touch with us at apprenticeships@lsbu.ac.uk

Field trips

Some modules include field work and site visits. There may be field trips organised which may be residential or outside the United Kingdom, ranging from three to five days. These are organised by the Division and students may be required to contribute towards the cost. If outside the UK, students will be advised of any visa or passport requirements.

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Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode Full-time Duration Up to 24 Months Practical Period & 6 Months EPA (30 months) Start date January Application code 5905 Application method Direct to LSBU

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An Apprenticeship Standard is comprised of a programme of study, an End Point Assessment and on-the-job learning. This means that in addition to meeting academic requirements, you’ll  need to be employed in a role related to your apprenticeship. The process of applying depends on whether you have an employer to sponsor (and support) you.

If you are employed and your employer has confirmed they will support your apprenticeship:

You are welcome to submit an application via our application system. You’ll need to provide details of your employment/employer as part of the application. You’ll also need to ensure you and your employer meet the requirements – find out who can be an apprentice to see if you meet the entry requirements and employer commitments to find out more about your employer’s role.

If you are not employed:

  • You will need to find a job role related to the apprenticeship you wish to apply for, with an employer who is happy to support you. If you would like to find an employer to support your apprenticeship with LSBU, you can search which employers are currently advertising Apprenticeships via the National Apprenticeship Service website searching for ‘London South Bank University’ as keywords.
  • If there are no search results, this means there are currently no vacancies. We update our vacancies regularly, so please do check back regularly.
  • Many employers advertise their apprenticeship vacancies on their websites or via other portals. You could search for ‘find an apprenticeship’ online.
  • When you’re ready to apply, see the government's advice on how to write a winning apprenticeship applicationand make your application.

Further information for apprentices

If you’re a prospective apprentice, you can find out more about who can be an apprentice on our student pages.

Further information for employers

If you’re an employer, you can find information about the employer commitments and further related information on the related pages for business.

See our admissions policy 1.0 MB and complaints policy 516.0 KB.

Prepare to start

There are steps the apprentices, the employer and the University need to complete before you start your course. Take a look at the steps to be completed in the Enrolment section. Employers may also like to look at our steps to offering an apprenticeship.

Duty 1 Connect, test and configure technical equipment to ensure a specifically designed setup is working correctly and to the required performance levels

Duty 2 Assess the nature of technical faults by analysing systems and using this research to inform and evaluate solutions.

Duty 3 Prioritise activities by applying triage methods

Duty 4 Develop prompt solutions to emerging and bespoke problems to enable client work to progress

Duty 5 Develop a rapport with clients and those external to the organisation in order to help them articulate their requirements

Duty 6 Develop effective working relationships with creative staff and other technical team members

Duty 7 Apply and control the use of software to achieve the required outcome as defined by the client (balancing sound, colour, visual effects and transition between sections).

Duty 8 Respond to disruption to schedules by planning and developing courses of action in a structured way to resolve un-planned and un-anticipated issues

Duty 9 Apply security protocols to protect client work

Duty 10 Update and create technical documentation

Duty 11 Apply up to date post-production techniques and technology used across the industry and allied industries.

Duty 12 Provide technical expertise to senior staff within the production organisation and to clients.

Duty 13 Steer and guide the work of junior staff

Duty 14 Evaluate and assess the quality of work produced by junior staff

Duty 15 Assess the quality of their own work to ensure that it meets the needs of the organisation and the client

Careers

Employability Service

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
  • Online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Successful completion of this level 4 apprenticeship could lead to work as a machine room operator in post-production companies, VFX houses and specialist content delivery companies. It is also suitable for operators who support the creative process within in-house production facilities. By undertaking the apprenticeship route, you’ll have the advantage of having real-world work experience, working in a role related to your area of study. This will give you a competitive edge amongst other applicants when you complete your apprenticeship standard.

For the off-the-job training, you will be based in the School of Arts and Creative Industries, which has an established track-record of delivering courses that offer core academic knowledge alongside applied professional knowledge.

This course is heavily practice-based; you'll spend 80% of your time on-the-job and the rest in academic study. You will attend 9 weeks of classes across the year at the University. The rest of the year is spent with your employer.

Benefits of the apprenticeship standard route

By studying the apprenticeship route, you gain real world work experience from the start of your course combined with a better understanding and analysis of your daily tasks, building skills and contacts, giving you an edge on graduation.

The apprenticeship was developed by the leading post production companies in London including Clear Cut Pictures, Technicolor, MPC, Fifty Fifty Post, Molinare, Company 3, Encore, Run VT, Edit Store, Platform and Pinewood.

You will be working with key providers in the post production sector.

Teaching and Assessment

The training will run as a series of three blocks over a 12-15 month delivery period leading to 40-50 days of contact time with the tutor. Delivery will be a mixture of online lectures and on-campus practical demonstrations.

The training will blend the teaching from across the units to deliver a stimulating and engaging syllabus. Theory will be mixed with key topical content, exercises, and traditional lectures.

Additional hours take the form of mentoring, self study, trips to expos such as the Media Production Show, and IBC. These hours will be logged using an ePortfolio platform.

We will employ a variety of methods in our delivery. This will include lectures, seminars, workshops and exercises in specialist facilities and classrooms with a tutor and/or technician present. Masterclasses will be delivered by specialist tutors from the industry. We will use technicians from within ACI to support the tutor.

Apprentices will conduct 80% of their training in the workplace with the employer and will log this learning in monthly reports on our e-portfolio software.

Apprentices receive supervision from their workplace mentor and the Skills Coach or academic team throughout the duration of the apprenticeship. Progress towards the skills knowledge and behaviours together with engagement, support and safeguarding are reviewed with 12-week intervals.

An e-portfolio will be used to track hours, collate tasks and monitor progress. The KSBs from the standard are mapped onto a Skills Radar so the students can demonstrate their progress.

Our Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle, will be used to collate the class content and provide a platform for staff to communicate with students. Where we flip the classroom students will be able to access material required before the class.

Attendance to classes during the block release is mandatory, line managers must make sure apprentices are available and set up appropriate support in their absence. You will be expected to achieve a minimum of 85% attendance per year.

D. Assessment

Apprentices will receive formative feedback at 4 points across the programme where the tutor, liaising with the employer, will conduct tripartite reviews of achievements against the KSB’s and monitor progress towards their assessment. A KSB Skills Radar will be used to track the apprentice’s progress.

Assessment will be delivered by an ESFA approved End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), who will provide an Independent Assessor to conduct the three End-Point Assessment components at their place of work. Apprentices will be required to pass the” Gateway Preparation” module which that facilitates achievement and progress towards the required components of the Apprenticeship Gateway and the End point Assessment.

Portfolio

The Portfolio is submitted at gateway and will contain at least 16 pieces of evidence; these may include, but not be limited to, written reports from supervisors, examples of working with customers of colleagues, written reports on knowledge requirements and Quality Assurance documentation. Reflective accounts and self-evaluations should not be included as evidence in the portfolio.

This evidence will demonstrate how the apprentice meets the knowledge, skills and behaviours

Assessment method 1

Component 1 - 5000 word project report on a subject relating to their studies.

Component 2 - Presentation with questions. Apprentices will prepare and deliver a presentation on an engineering solution in line with specification requirements as covered in project report. The presentation and supplementary questioning will last 60 minutes.

Assessment Method 2

A professional discussion referring to their portfolio of tasks completed during the programme. The discussion will last 75 minutes and will include questions from the EPAO’s question bank.

All end-point assessment components must be passed for the pass grading to be given.

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