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Course Description

The Cambridge National in ICT – Creative I-Media will assess the application of creative media skills through practical use. It will provide students 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. This course will encourage independence, creativity and awareness of the digital media sector.

Creative I Media will equip students 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, students will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media  products.  It will also challenge all students, 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 learning has a strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in creative media.

Students will use a range of software throughout the course, such as Fireworks, Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Flash, as well as the traditional software like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

Assessment Structure

3 Internally Portfolio Based (Externally moderated) and 1 External examination

Assessment will consist of both an external examination and 3 internal assessments through a teacher-assessed portfolio that will be externally moderated by the examining body. To complete the course students must be successful in meeting all the requirements of the assessments. Students are required to produce a portfolio of evidence pass the externally moderated examination. Candidates who fail to achieve the standard for a grade will be awarded an Ungraded.

Special Features

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.

In the relaxed but mature atmosphere students will be taught the concepts of ICT in various ways, through teacher-led activities, self-study and using their own experiences to master  concepts they find difficult.  The course is very practical in nature and students will have to apply the concepts they learn to produce a working solution to a given problem.

Career Opportunities

Students gaining this qualification in ICT will have access to a range of career and further education opportunities. You will learn to use a variety of skills throughout the course, using a variety of applications.  These skills are in great demand and are recognised and highly valued by employers and colleges. As an ICT student you will develop the skills that employers are looking for, you can consider a wide range of employment opportunities in such areas as: multimedia, communications commerce, and software/hardware processing.