Creative Media

Head of Department: Mr A Scott

Students who studied general computing/IT in years 7 and 8 wanting to opt for a vocational pathway in this field can do so by taking this BTEC Level 2 programme in Creative Media Production from years 9 to 11.   The BTEC Level 2 Tech Award gives students the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on three areas of equal importance, which cover the:  

  • Knowledge that underpins the effective use of skills, processes and attitudes required in the creative media industry, including production processes and techniques
  • Development of key skills that prove aptitude in creative media production, such as investigating and developing ideas through pre-production, production and post-production of media products
  • Processes that underpin effective ways of working in creative media production, such as responding to briefs and feedback, planning and generating ideas

With a BTEC Tech Award in Creative Media Production, our students are able to explore, challenge and realise their potential. During the course, students can see whether the industry is one they want to be in, where they could go, and gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their next steps. After completing the course, students can continue on to further vocational and academic study at level 2 and level 3, as well as apprenticeships and traineeships. This course could lead to potential employment in areas such as sound editing; animation; web development; camera work or stage development. What’s more, the transferable skills our students master during their studies such as self-reflection, communication, teamwork and problem solving will also support their progress in the present and future.  

In Year 9

students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the way in which media products are created, as well as the codes, conventions and techniques used to make them, to communicate meaning and engage audiences for a given purpose. Students will analyse examples of media products past and present across the three different sectors: audio/moving image, publishing and interactive, to develop their understanding of how these are created to engage audiences for a specific purpose.

In Year 10

students will develop media production skills such as planning, creating, combining and refining media content. Students will also develop the ability to critically evaluate their work in relation to a specific target audience and purpose, reflecting on whether they have been able to achieve this.

In Year 11

students will be able to draw on the skills that they have learnt throughout the other components to be able to develop their understanding of the process of creating a media product in response to a client brief, being able to reflect on whether the media product that they have created is suitable for what the client actually wanted.   The qualification consists of three components. For two of the components, students complete an assignment which is assessed internally by the teacher. The final component features a set task which is taken under supervised conditions, before being sent externally to be marked.  

  • Component 1: Exploring media products (internally assessed assignments – 30%)
  • Component 2: Developing digital media production skills (internally assessed assignments – 30%)
  • Component 3: Create a media product in response to a brief (externally assessed 9 hour supervised task – 40%)
The Oldershaw School
Valkyrie Road, Wallasey
Wirral CH45 4RJ
T: 0151 638 2800 E: Principal: Mr J Bush