Frequently asked questions

The course

  • When does the course open and close?

    The Autumn 2020 course begins on Monday 12th October and is open until midnight on Monday 21st December. The Winter 2021 course begins in early February 2021 and the Spring 2021 course begins in late April/early May 2021.

  • How long is the course?

    The course is open for a total of 10 weeks, although you can join the course at any time during the course open period. When the course closes, there will be some additional time to submit the optional exam.

  • Can I start the course after the day the course begins?

    Yes, you can start the course at any time during the course open period, although you are strongly encouraged to complete the course before the course closing date. For those unable to finish before Monday 21st December, you will be able to resume the course when it re-opens on Monday 1st February.

  • Who is the course relevant for?

    Anyone who wants a better understanding of the UK TV marketplace but in particular new starters in the business, people moving from a different area into the world of TV or more senior people looking for a refresher about the TV industry.

  • How long is each module?

    The modules vary in length. In total, all six modules add up to approximately 14 hours of video to watch. You can learn at your own pace and complete the modules in your own time frame. The timings for the current course (Autumn 2020) are as follows:
        ▸   Module 1 – 1.0 hrs in 2 parts
        ▸   Module 2 – 2.0 hrs in 3 parts
        ▸   Module 3 – 4.5 hrs in 6 parts
        ▸   Module 4 – 3.5 hrs in 5 parts
        ▸   Module 5 – 1.5 hrs in 4 parts
        ▸   Module 6 – 1.5 hrs in 3 parts

  • Can I do the modules in any order?

    No. You must complete Module One before you move onto Module Two and so on.

  • How much does it cost to do the course?

    The course is free.

  • How do I access the course?

    You will need to register here in order to access the training course.

  • What happens if I don’t complete the course before the course closing date?

    We strongly recommend that you complete the course in the given 10 weeks. If you do not complete the course before the course closing date, you will have to wait until the course re-opens before you can resume learning and earn your TV Masters certification. Courses run 3 times each academic year – Autumn, Winter and Spring intakes. All 2020/21 learners will need to complete TV Masters by the end of the Spring course, after which the content will be refreshed and updated. Those who do not complete TV Masters by this point will need to start the course again from the beginning when it reopens in Autumn 2021.

  • For how long will I be able to access the video modules?

    You will be able to access the video modules until the course closing date. You should download the nickable deck of slides for each module, as well as the additional reading material and any other documents before the closing date, as you will not be able to access them after the course has closed.

  • How do I leave or unsubscribe from the course?

    If you would like to cancel your enrolment, please email tvmasters@thinkbox.tv. You will be free to join a subsequent TV Masters course at any time.

Accreditation

  • Is the course accredited?

    Yes. The course is CPD-credited by the IPA and the CPD Certification Service. More can be found here:

    IPA – About Learning and Continual Professional Development
    CPD – The CPD Certification Service

  • How will I receive my accreditation at the end of the course?

    Your TV Masters certificate will be available you once you have completed all six modules in full. For those who opt to take the final exam (see below) and attain a pass, you will be sent an additional certificate that includes your Distinction. These will be sent directly approximately 4 weeks after the exam submission deadline.

  • How many CPD hours is TV Masters worth?

    Upon completing TV Masters, you will be issued with a certificate which includes the CPD and IPA/CPD logos. You will be able to claim the time you spent taking TV Masters against your CPD goals. As a reminder, the video modules total 14 hours, plus you may want to add more time depending on how long you spend completing the tests, and whether or not you do any additional reading or complete the optional final exam. Different CPD programmes will have different achievement and eligibility criteria, so you should check the terms of your particular programme for further clarification.

The final exam

  • Do I have to do the final exam?

    No. If you complete the six modules and attain a 70% pass mark in all the tests, then you will have passed the course and will receive accreditation. However, if you complete the exam, not only will you have tested your knowledge and new found learning to a greater degree, but you will also have the chance to achieve a distinction.

  • How do I submit my exam?

    Please email your completed exam to tvmasters@thinkbox.tv by the closing date, which will be displayed on the exam paper.

  • When will I find out if I have passed the exam and gained a distinction?

    The results of the exam will be out approximately four weeks after the cut-off date for submitting the final exam.

  • How much time do I have to complete the final exam?

    You will have a period of approximately 3-4 weeks in which to submit your exam paper

Additional reading material

  • Do I have to read all the suggested additional reading?

    No. The additional reading is there to give you the opportunity to delve deeper into the subject if you wish.

  • Some of your suggested additional reading is behind a paywall so how can I access it?

    Although some suggestions are from websites that need subscriptions or books you need to purchase, there is plenty of material that is free to access

  • What happens if I need more information about a topic and it’s not covered in the additional reading material?

    Please email planning@thinkbox.tv and we will do our best to help.

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