Pupils will study the Cambridge Nationals Certificate (Level 1/2) in iMedia over the course of 120 guided learning hours. This vocational course focuses on an in-depth study of how ICT is used in the media sector – including in film, television, web development, gaming and animation. Pupils will acquire knowledge in topics ranging from pre-production skills to digital animation, and will take a practical approach to their application.

Over the course of three years, pupils will study a total of four units, each comprising of 30 guided learning hours. Two units are compulsory, and pupils will then go on to take a further two optional units to achieve their certificate, which is equivalent in size to a GCSE. Each of the 4 units is worth 25% of the overall grade.

Creative iMedia at KS4
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Pre-Production Skills

  • Understanding the purpose and content of pre-production
  • Planning pre-production

Creating Digital Graphics

  • Understanding the purpose and properties of digital graphics
  • Planning the creation of a digital graphic
Pre-Production Skills

  • Producing pre-production documents
  • Reviewing pre-production documents/identifying areas for improvement or further development

Creating Digital Graphics

  • Creating a digital graphic
  • Reviewing a digital graphic/identifying areas for improvement or further development
Pupils will study 2 of the 10 optional units listed below:

  • Creating 2D and 3D digital characters
  • Storytelling with a comic strip
  • Creating a multipage website
  • Creating a digital animation
  • Creating interactive multimedia products
  • Creating a digital sound sequence*
  • Creating a digital video sequence*
  • Digital photography
  • Designing a game concept
  • Developing digital games

(Units marked with an asterisk cannot be studied together)


Examination Board: OCR

Unit RO81: Pre-Production Skills
Overview Focus
  • External assessment
  • Written paper – 1hr 15 mins
  • Set and marked by OCR
  • 60 marks
  • 25% of overall grade
  • Pupils will be expected to demonstrate their understanding of pre-production skills through questions that require analysis and evaluation of particular contexts

The three remaining units are assessed internally through a range of relevant tasks, which are set and marked by the Academy and externally moderated by OCR. The tasks will span around 10 hours per unit, with each unit being worth a total of 60 marks (25% of the overall grade).

Enrichment Offer

Pupils can use the IT facilities in the department or the library at both lunchtime and after school, as well as attend after school homework/support clubs. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.

Useful Resources and Revision Support