Creative iMedia (last exam 2023)

Key Stage 4 

What is Creative iMedia about?

Creative and Digital Media plays an important part in many areas of our everyday lives and is also an important part of the UK economy. There is a demand from employers for an increasingly skilled and technically literate workforce as more and more media products are produced digitally. Creative iMedia provides students with specific and transferable skills and a solid foundation in understanding and applying this subject, whether it is in employment or higher education.


What will students learn and how is this assessed?

The first two modules are mandatory; these are followed by two ‘optional’ units, with topics chosen by the teacher from a range specified by the exam board.


Module 1: Pre-production skills

The first module will enable learners to understand pre-production skills used in the creative and digital media sector.

How it is assessed

  • External written paper: 1 hour 15 mins

  • Set and marked by OCR

  • 25% of the overall grade 

Module 2: Creating digital graphics

The second module will build on the skills, knowledge and understanding gained. The aim of this unit is for students to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector.

How it is assessed

  • Centre-assessed tasks: approximately 10 hours

  • OCR moderated

  • 25% of the overall grade

Modules 3 & 4: Optional Units (two to be chosen by teacher)
  • Creating 2D and 3D digital characters
  • Creating a digital sound sequence
  • Storytelling with a comic strip
  • Creating a digital video sequence
  • Creating a multi-page website
  • Creating a digital animation
  • Creating interactive multimedia products
  • Digital photography
  • Designing a game concept
  • Developing digital games

How it is assessed

  • Coursework centre-assessed tasks: approximately 10 hours

  • OCR moderated

  • 50% of the overall grade


How will students be taught?

Students will be taught by a mixture of whole-class teaching, individual practical tasks and group work. We hope to make some links with industry experts with the possibility of field trips to some relevant locations to the coursework.

Examination board & course type

OCR – Cambridge National (J817)

What can studying this subject lead to?

There are many things students can go on to do with this qualification; the course provides them with a range of skills to progress further in their education. Students could go on to take an A level in Media or Computer Science, or a Level 3 course in ICT. This qualification, if further studied, can also provide employment opportunities in the IT or media sector.

Teacher to contact for further information

Mr A Howard