iMedia

Course Overview: iMedia

The course is media-sector focused, but has IT at its heart. It looks at areas such as film, television and web development, providing knowledge in a number of key areas in this field including pre-production skills. Students will learn useful, transferable skills such as research, planning, production and review in an industry context. The ‘hands on’ approach that is required for teaching and learning has a strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in creative media.

Course Components

R081: Pre-production Skills (Mandatory Written Paper) (25% of total GCSE)
The aim of this unit is for students to understand pre-production skills used in the creative and digital media sector. Students will develop their understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process. This unit is assessed through a 1 hour 15 minute written examination which will be set and marked by the examination board.


R082: Creating Digital Graphics (Mandatory Coursework Unit) (25% of total GCSE)
The aim of this unit is for students to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. Students will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. They will plan the creation of digital graphics, create new digital graphics using a range of editing techniques and review a completed graphic against a specific brief.


R084: Storytelling with a Comic Strip (Coursework Unit) (25% of total GCSE)
The aim of this unit is for students to understand the basics of comic strip creation. Students will explore different genres of comic strip and how they are created. They will plan and create a comic strip to specific requirements, and review the final comic against a specific brief.


R085: Creating a Multipage Website (Coursework Unit) (25% of total GCSE)
The aim of this unit is for students to understand the basics of creating multipage websites. Students will learn about the different properties, purposes and features of multipage websites. They will demonstrate their creativity by combining components to create a functional, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing website and review the final website against a specific brief.

Course Information

Course Name: Creative iMedia
Qualification Type: Cambridge National Certificate
Awarding Body: OCR
Specification Code: J817

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After school clubs are provided for students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is available on a one to one basis where necessary. Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered include:

  • Drop in sessions – after school Tuesday and Thursday
  • UK Bebras Computational Challenge
  • All computers suites are available to students after school
  • Independent study – all resources are available on the schools VLE