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The purpose of this qualification is to assess the competence and underpinning knowledge of individuals working in the role of an Advanced Grip.

The Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for Grips is designed to enable candidates to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary in this highly specialized area, supporting their progression into and through this particular sub-sector of the film and TV industry.

The qualification is rigorously assessed in the workplace and recognises the candidates ability to behave professionally, collaboratively and in line with industry standards.

The qualification has been designed in collaboration with ScreenSkills and industry representatives. It is based on the National Occupational Standards developed by the industry to support their training needs. The qualifications are not used as a licence to practice, but employers and practitioners support the formal recognition of the demonstration of competence in the workplace in the interests of health and safety.

The administrative centre for the qualification is the Amersham campus but all work required for the qualification, and all assessments take place in your usual working environment (in studio or on location). There is no requirement to attend Amersham campus at any time.

  • What will I learn?

    There are 10 units to complete, each unit listed below describes what you must be able to demonstrate and competently achieve on production. Being competent means that you can do a task to a skilled level, understand why it is done that way and solve associated problems.

    Further details about the components of the qualifications can be found on the UAL website - http://www.arts.ac.uk/about-ual/awarding-body/qualifications/film-suite/grips--crane-technicians/

  • Example modules

    • Contribute to good working relationships
    • Conduct an assessment of risks in the workplace
    • Rig tracking vehicles and trailers
    • Reconnoitre the locations for filming requirements
    • Rig camera cranes
    • Track and swing the crane arm
    • Elevate and track the camera

    • Select and monitor the use of grip equipment
    • Lay complex track
    • Rig car mounts and use rope, fastenings and strops
  • How will I be assessed?

    Upon acceptance to the qualification, you will be allocated a qualified assessor who is also a Level 3 qualified working grip. Four work-based assessments will be carried out to assess all units of the qualification. You will also be required to write up log-books and provide photographic evidence of work undertaken in each unit area. The qualification is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete.

  • Entry Requirements

    You must have already successfully completed the Level 2 Diploma for Grips to be considered for this course.

    You will need to be able to provide 4 DOP (Director of Photography) references and 2 camera operators references as part of the interview process.

  • Progression & Career Opportunities

    Candidate may want to consider additional professional qualifications or academic qualifications. As this qualification is certification in the workplace the candidates will already be immersed as Grip within the film/TV industry.

    This qualification is supported by ScreenSkills.

  • Additional Information

    Grips should be in possession of a clean driving license.

    A health and safety certification is desirable but not essential.

    Where a candidate is in full time employment with an employer then the employer will be expected to sponsor the candidate through the full cost of the qualification. Details of this will be made available upon application.

    Tuition Fees: £1500 (self financing - self employed) / £5000 (in employment)

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Course Details

Qualification Level Level 3
Study Mode Part-Time Course
Start Date Rolling programme
Duration Up to 78 Weeks
Course Code WGRIPL3DP-1
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