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Artist's impression of the new Global Academy

Global media group to open academy in 2016

New UTC will offer practical broadcast and digital media training alongside GCSEs and A-levels

Posted by Stephanie Broad | November 10, 2015 | Bricks & mortar

Global, the media & entertainment group, has announced the start of construction on the Global Academy, its university technical college (UTC), which will open in September 2016.

The Global Academy will provide academic and vocational training for 800 students who want to work in the broadcast and digital media industry.  The curriculum will get a practical makeover, ensuring the 14-18 year olds are not only prepared for their GCSEs and A-Levels but also for a career in the fast-growing broadcast and digital media industries. At the same time, students at the Global Academy will learn the technical skills needed to work in the broadcast and digital media industry preparing them for jobs in radio and TV production, broadcast engineering, app and web development, script writing, event management, radio production, broadcast journalism and many more.

Ashley Tabor, Global’s founder & executive president, came up with the idea of the Global Academy.  He said: “There is a real shortage of young people coming out of school with the skills needed to work in the broadcast and digital media industries. The Global Academy will give our students the practical skills they need to hit the ground running as well as teaching them core subjects in a practical way. We want to give young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to get a foot on the ladder in the media industry and connect the dots between their core GCSEs and A-levels, and practical life skills needed in the real world.” 

Opening in September 2016, the Global Academy will be on the site of the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes in the London borough of Hillingdon.  It will house extensive recording and filming studio space, a theatre and a four-storey atrium.  Students will be taught a mainstream key stage 4 and key stage 5 curriculum together with diplomas in broadcast and digital media. These will be awarded by the Global Academy’s university partner, University of the Arts London (UAL), through its Ofqual-approved awarding organisation, UAL Awarding Body.

With funding from the Department for Education, 50% of places will be open to students who live in the local catchment area (a five mile radius) with the remaining 50% open to students from across the UK.

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