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Why study Computing?

Digital Media plays an important part in many areas of our everyday lives and is also an important part of the UK economy. There is a demand from employers for an increasingly skilled and technically literate workforce as more and more media products are produced digitally. The study of creative media provides stu- dents with specific and transferable skills and a solid foundation in understanding and applying this subject, whether it is in employment or higher education. The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia is a media sector-focused area of study, which includes film, television, web development, gaming and animation, and all have IT at their heart. They provide knowledge in a number of key areas in this field from pre-production skills to digital animation and have a motivating, hands on approach to both teaching and learning. Cambridge Nationals deliver skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all students to achieve great things.

What will I learn?

Students will complete 4 units in order to achieve the equivalent to 1 GCSE. Two units are mandatory, one of which is an external examination. All other units are optional and will be chosen by the Computing/ICT department. 75% coursework and 25% examination.

Mandatory core units:

  • R081: Pre-production skills (Exam)
  • R082: Creating digital graphics Creative Units

Optional core units:

  • R083: Creating 2D and 3D digital characters
  • R084: Storytelling with a comic strip
  • R085: Creating a multi page website
  • R086: Creating a digital animation
  • R087: Creating interactive multimedia products
  • R088: Creating a digital sound sequence
  • R089: Creating a digital video
  • R090: Digital photography
  • R091: Designing a game
  • R092: Developing digital games

How will I be assessed?

Of the four units only one is assessed by a 1 hour 15 minute written examination. All other units are assessed through coursework portfolios and will be marked internally and moderated externally.

All controlled assessment work will be submitted to staff who are able to track progress during the unit but cannot provide formal individual feedback to the pupils.

All results are awarded on the following scale:

  • Distinction* at Level 2 (D*2)
  • Distinction at Level 2 (D2)
  • Merit at Level 2 (M2)
  • Pass at Level 2 (P2)
  • Distinction at Level 1 (D1)
  • Merit at Level 1 (M1)
  • Pass at Level 1 (P1)

What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

Studying Creative iMedia will open up many opportunities into the creative and innovative sector. These allow future developments into A Levels, BTEC and apprenticeships in the following areas:

  • ICT
  • Computing
  • Business and Communication Systems
  • Manufacturing
  • Art and Design
  • Media Studies
  • Design and Technology

For more information please contact the Academy on 01384 253722