Curriculum

iMedia

Why study iMedia?

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

What will I learn about?

Unit R093: Creative iMedia in the media industry

This is assessed by taking an exam. In this unit you will learn about the media industry, digital media products, how they are planned, and the media codes which are used to convey meaning, create impact and engage audiences. (Mandatory)

Unit R094: Visual identity and digital graphics

This is assessed by completing a set assignment. In this unit you will learn how to develop visual identities for clients and use the concepts of graphic design to create original digital graphics to engage target audiences. (Mandatory)

Unit R095: Characters and comics

This is assessed by completing a set assignment. In this unit you will learn how to plan, create and review comics which contain original characters. (Optional)

How will I be assessed?

You will study 2 mandatory units and choose 1 optional unit.

There are 2 coursework units which are controlled assessments and these are done independently. There is also one exam.

What do employers think about the subject?

Increasingly, employers are asking for a qualification and/or experience in ICT/IMEDIA. As the proportion of people working in small businesses or who are self-employed continues to grow, being a confident and able user of computer technology makes you increasingly employable.

What are the skills I will gain?

  • An understanding of the hardware used in ICT systems.
  • A range of creative software skills including graphic design.
  • You will learn how to successfully manage an IT Media Project.
  • Learn about Laws that affect the use of IT in the real world, such as Data Protection and Copyright.
  • Understand how to use IT Hardware and Software in order to make Multimedia products such as Videos, Graphics, Websites and Interactive Products.

Year -by-Year Subject Breakdown

In Year 7 your child will study:

Students will follow the National Curriculum in Y7 and they will do the following:

  • E-Safety
  • Intro to ICT
  • Scratch
  • Graphic Design
  • Kodu
  • Computer Fundamentals

In Year 8 your child will study:

Students will follow the National Curriculum in Y8 and they will do the following:

  • Computer Networks/Hardware
  • Spreadsheets
  • Micro Bits (Block based Programming)
  • Python (Text based Programming)
  • Flowol
  • App Design

In Year 9 your child will study:

Students will be given a taster of iMedia during Y9 to experience what the course offers and what it entails. In this time they will learn about the media industry, digital media products and how they are planned.

In Year 10 your child will study:

Unit R094: Visual identity and digital graphics

This is assessed by completing a set assignment. In this unit you will learn how to develop visual identities for clients and use the concepts of graphic design to create original digital graphics to engage target audiences.

Unit R095: Characters and comics

This is assessed by completing a set assignment. In this unit you will learn how to plan, create and review comics which contain original characters.

In Year 11 your child will study:

Unit R093: Creative iMedia in the media industry

This is assessed by taking an exam. In this unit you will learn about the media industry, digital media products, how they are planned, and the media codes which are used to convey meaning, create impact and engage audiences.