Cambridge iMedia

Qualification

Cambridge National in iMedia

Availability

Available for students specialising in ICT and Computer Science.  This course is studied in Year 10.

Equivalency

1 x GCSE equivalent

This course is assessed and graded as (Pass at Level 1, Merit at Level 1, Distinction at Level 1, Pass at Level 2, Merit at Level 2, Distinction at Level 2, Distinction* at Level 2)

Board

OCR

Course Description

These qualifications will assess the application of creative media skills through their practical use. They will provide learners with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in other subjects with the aims of enhancing their employability when they leave education, contributing to their personal development and future economic well-being. The qualifications will encourage independence, creativity and awareness of the digital media sector.

The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will equip learners with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Through the use of these skills, learners will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products. The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will also challenge all learners, including high attaining learners, by introducing them to demanding material and techniques; encouraging independence and creativity and providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum.

The ‘hands on’ approach that will be required for both teaching and learning has strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in creative media. It will underpin a highly valid approach to the assessment of their skills as is borne out by what teachers tell us. The qualification design, including the range of units available, will allow learners the freedom to explore the areas of creative media that interest them as well as providing good opportunities to enhance their learning in a range of curriculum areas.

At NUAST students will cover units -

R081 - Pre-production Skills (externally assessed examination unit)

R082 - Digital Graphics

R085 - Creating a Multipage Website

R086 - Creating a Digital Animation

This will include experience of using industry leading software such as the Adobe suite including Photoshop, Fireworks, Flash and Dreamweaver.  In addition to looking into more depth at the film production process for the external examination.

Course Leader

Michelle Butler

Key Dates

To follow.

Entry Requirements

N/A

Assessed By

25% externally assessed examination
75% internal controlled assessment (externally moderated)

Leads to

This qualification forms part of the entry requirements for progression to further education or employment in a number of different areas related to ICT and Media.

Potential Careers

Appropriate as part of a broad and balanced curriculum for access to further studies and/or training, with a key focus on the creative areas of the ICT industry.  Especially graphic design, website design or animation development.

Student Comment

"I really enjoy the creative aspects of the course" - Y10 student

"Before I came to NUAST I'd never used Photoshop before, I've been amazed at how quickly I've got the hang of it, I now really enjoy using it" - Y10 student

Further information

Level 2 Cambridge National in iMedia website

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