This is an exciting course offered to students who share an interest in the world of Information Technology (IT) and recognise its importance in the modern world of work. The course embraces many aspects of IT but students focus on the creative aspects of the industry.

Digital Media is a key part of many areas of our everyday lives and vital to the UK economy. Production of digital media products is a requirement of almost every business so there is huge demand for a skilled and digitally literate workforce. This qualification will help students develop specific and transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts. The qualification’s hands-on approach has strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in creative media.

Course Overview

The course is split into 4 units of work;

Unit R081: Pre-production skills
Students will learn about how to plan pre-production effectively including understanding of client requirements and reviewing pre-production briefs. They will use this knowledge in the optional units when they develop their own media products. This unit also provides excellent transferable skills such as project planning which will be useful in a wide variety of contexts.

Unit R082: Creating digital graphics
Digital graphics are a key part of most digital products and this mandatory unit will help support the other optional units in the suite. Students will learn the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector, considering client requirements that they learnt about in R081

Unit R085: Creating a multipage website
This unit enables students to understand the basics of creating multipage websites. Students will use their creativity to combine components to create a functional, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing website against a client brief.

R087: Creating interactive multimedia products
Now used in a wide range of products, students will learn where and why interactive products are used and their different features. Students will plan and create interactive multimedia products, reviewing their solution against the client’s brief.

Assessment

R081: Pre-production skills (written exam – 60 marks 25%) 1 hour 30 minutes.
This will be sat in Year 10 with the option to resit in year 11. Students will be assessed on their technical/theoretical knowledge and understanding of how to develop their own media products.

R082: Creating digital graphics (60 marks 25%)
students provide a portfolio of evidence having demonstrated 10 skills from two skill groups. Examples include animations, video, sound, images or manipulation (and integration) of other multimedia elements. This will be carried out in Year 10.

R085: Creating a multipage website (60 marks 25%)
Design, create, test and evaluate an IT solution to a given scenario. This will be carried out in Year 11.

R087: Creating interactive multimedia products (60 marks 25%)
as above, design, create, test and evaluate an IT solution to a given scenario. This will also be carried out in Year 11.