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QUALIFICATIONS

Buckinghamshire College Group

Buckinghamshire College Group (of which Amersham & Wycombe College is now a part) is the administrative and assessment centre for Grip Level 2 and Level 3 NVQs and Crane Tech level 2 NVQ.

The qualifications are based on a set of standards which were drawn up by industry professionals in partnership with Creative Skillset (the official skills body working with and for the screen industries).

The Bucks College Group is the only establishment in the UK to offer these qualifications for the film and TV industries.  Candidates who successfully complete the qualification are awarded their graduation certificate by U.A.L. (University of the Arts). Candidates should then apply to Creative Skillset for their skills passport.

The qualifications are open to all industry professionals at the appropriate level of experience working in all four nations of the UK.  All work related to the qualification, and all assessments take place in your work environment – in the studio or on-location. There is no final exam for any of the qualifications, and no requirement to attend training at the College.

Grips Level 2 consists of 7 units;

UNIT NUMBER UNIT TITLE.

X1

Contribute to good working relationships

X2

Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health & safety

G3

Rig static mounts for a production.

G4

Lay basic flat track.

G6

Rig camera dollies.

G8

Rig remote heads & systems.

G11

Track the camera.

 

Crane Techs Level 2 consists of 6 units;

UNIT NUMBER UNIT TITLE

X1

Contribute to good working relationships.

X2

Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health & safety.

G4

Lay basic flat track.

G8

Rig remote heads & systems.

G11

Track the camera.

G7

Rig camera cranes.

 

Grips "Advanced" Level 3 consists of 10 units; (applicants must hold a Level 2 NVQ)

UNIT NUMBER UNIT TITLE

X1

Contribute to good working relationships.

X3

Conduct an assessment of risks on the workplace

G1

Recce the locations for shooting requirements

G2

Select & use equipment

G5

Lay complex track.

G7

Rig camera cranes.

G9

Rig car mounts & use ropes & strops.

G10

Rig tracking cars & trailers.

G12

Track & swing the crane arm.

G13

Elevate & track the camera.

 

Each of the above units is broken down further into:

  • Knowledge & Understanding - this outlines the knowledge you are expected to have in order to perform your job
  • Performance statements - this outline what you have to do, to show you can perform the tasks.

Further details about the components of the qualifications can be found on the UAL website

Further information

To apply to take the qualification an individual must have been working professionally as a Grip or Crane Tech for a minimum of 2 years within the film and TV industry.  Applications include a detailed CV and industry references.

All applications are made via the Buckinghamshire College Group website –

Buckinghamshire College Group contact:
Grace Jones
Ph: 01494585296
Email: gracejones@buckscollegegroup.ac.uk

Please ensure you have your current CV and all necessary references ready to upload.
All applications are reviewed by the College and the Lead Assessor who will check references and undertake a phone interview with all applicants before a decision is made.  The phone interview is a necessary part of the process as UAL, as the Awarding Body, expects Bucks College Group to recruit with integrity and on the basis of applicants’ anticipated ability to successfully complete the requirements of these qualifications. Applicants will be notified by the College if they have been successful; if unsuccessful reasons will be given.
Each successful candidate is allocated an assessor from a team of A1 qualified assessors, all of whom are Level 3 NVQ qualified working grips.
Level 2 qualifications requires 3 successful assessments. The Level 3 qualification requires 4 successful assessments.  Assessments are usually observational on-set but may also include simulations and professional discussions. Logbooks, documentation & product evidence is also required for each assessment.
Candidates for grip and crane tech Level 2 qualifications will need to provide references from 4 key grips and 1 camera operator
Candidates for grip Level 3 qualifications will need to provide references from 3 camera operators and 3 DOPs.
L2 qualifications are expected to be completed within 12 months and the fee to candidates is £1,000
L3 qualifications are expected to be completed with 18 months and the fee to candidates is £1,500
If you would like to discuss your level of experience before applying for any of the NVQs for an informal conversation please Contact Tony Rowland ph:07790909771
Any NVQ Level 3 qualified grips interested in becoming an assessor with a minimum ten years experience please contact Tony Rowland on ph:07790909771 to discuss further.  You do not need to be a BECTU member to become an assessor. 

**Please note that the content on this page is for information only.  The BECTU grips branch has no involvement in application or assessment decisions.