Creative Media

Entry requirements

Grade 5 or equivalent in Creative iMedia, Art, ICT or Computing. A prior knowledge of editing software and an interest in the Creative Media industry; with a focus on the production and analysis of media products; would be advantageous.

BTEC Creative Digital Media Production

Is GCSE Computing / Level 2 IT or iMedia required?

EdExcel require us to recruit good quality candidates onto BTEC courses so if you are taking GCSE Computer Science / CNATs IT or CNATs iMedia in Year 11, we recommend that you achieve at least a Grade 5 in your GCSE or a Merit at Level 2 to guarantee being accepted on the course. A good helping of common sense would help, as there is a need to understand abstract technical concepts and to present these logically and clearly. Just as important would be creativity / artistic flair and a good grasp of the English language to demonstrate ideas and understanding through written reports.

What type of person would take this course?

Students with a creative eye and an interest in computer-based art will really enjoy this course. Those who have an interest in creating and editing videos will find the flexibility of the course enables them to create some fun and exciting mini-films.

The aim of this course is to provide students with specialist technical skills in multimedia, with a particular focus on Film/Video and photographic skills, including the manipulation of digital graphics and the recording and editing of video.

This is a practical, work-related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You focus on a particular subject area and develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge.

Topics that are available to be studied include

  • Film/Video Production and pre-production
  • Media representations studies
  • Commission based units using Photography / Digital Graphics

Who would enjoy the course the most? Most Sixth Formers ought to be able to follow this course, but in practice those that will enjoy it most are those who have an interest in photography, graphics and video production; are thinking about a career in the media sector; prefer assessment to be mostly based on portfolio/coursework tasks but can apply their ideas to an online theory based exam also.

What happens after studying this course?

The BTEC course is a nationally recognised qualification worth a maximum of 120 UCAS points (for a Distinction* grade, equivalent to a GCE A Level Grade A). Students could proceed into Higher Education to study media or television/film based degree programs or start Higher Apprenticeships in creative organisations. Relevant work experience could be built into the program for suitable students.