Amy secures dream TV role behind the scenes of BBC’s Casualty just weeks after graduating

Amy, a 21-year-old from Caerphilly, has landed a sought-after media role behind the scenes of BBC’s popular drama series, Casualty, mere weeks after graduating.

Dreaming of a career in TV and media, Amy was drawn to Coleg y Cymoedd’s School of Creative Industries for its reputation and links within the media. Following her successful completion of the Level 3 Creative Media course in 2022, Amy continued her studies on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (TV and Film) at Coleg y Cymoedd, graduating in 2023.

A course with both practical and theory elements, Amy learned everything from how to operate cameras to script writing. Her final project was tailored towards her personal goals which involved producing a short film.

Amy’s time at college was met with many great opportunities, including valuable work experience at S4C and Boom Cymru, which honed her creative skills and connected her with key figures in Welsh television.

As well as the industry links, Amy made lasting friendships along the way, and considers this a proud personal achievement as someone who identifies as neurodiverse. She also made a big impression on her tutors who helped her overcome challenges with their support.

The summer after graduation, a former tutor called Amy to suggest that she apply for a role at TRC Media, a renowned non-profit organisation specialising in broadcast sector training. Recognising Amy’s potential, TRC Media swiftly offered her a place on the programme, leading to two interviews with the BBC and, ultimately, a job as a Trainee Researcher for BBC’s Casualty.

As a Trainee Researcher, Amy collaborates with medical professionals and charities to ensure script authenticity and engaging storylines. She has ambitions to transition into scriptwriting or script editing in the future.

Reflecting on her journey, Amy noted the coincidence of having watched Casualty every Saturday evening with her family and her childhood aspirations to work on the show. She credits Coleg y Cymoedd for laying the foundation of her success, emphasising the value of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (TV and Film) in preparing her for the competitive film industry.

Amy said: “I used to think that for someone to have their big break in the creative industry you would have to wait until you’re older with a successful credit in media. I would not have predicted that my break would have come as early as the age of 21.

“I have a passion for telling people’s stories and bringing those who are underrepresented to the forefront. I’d love to continue working for the BBC and maybe write a full-length Casualty script one day.

“I would definitely recommend a Creative course at Coleg y Cymoedd to anyone who is interested in one day working in the film industry. The people are so lovely and kind. You’ll get tonnes of opportunities to learn and be mentored.” Find out more about our Creative Industries courses, here: Creative Industries – Coleg y Cymoedd

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