Curriculum Intent

iMedia at the PRS will equip our 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. Using these skills, student will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products. iMedia will also challenge all learners, 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.

Key Stage 3

At KS3 the iMedia scheme of work is planned so that pupils build the skills and acquire knowledge in a range of applications. The intention of the curriculum is to not only to develop digitally literate citizens but to empower our pupils with computational skills, so they are more proficient in conceptualising and understanding computer-based technology and are better equipped to function in our ever-increasing digital world. Our curriculum is based on topics that are fun and engaging for all our pupils. Our curriculum incorporates aspects of: Online digital literacy safety, using computers to create media products and control programming using Scratch.

Key Stage 4

At KS4 students study the OCR Cambridge Nationals Certificate (Level 1/2) in Creative iMedia over the course of 120 guided learning hours, this is a vocational course which focuses on an in-depth study of how ICT is used in the creative digital media sector – including in film, television, web development, gaming, and animation. Pupils acquire knowledge and skills in topics ranging from how to design, plan, create and review digital media products to meet client briefs and target audience demands.

All students will complete the following mandatory units –

  • R093 – Creative iMedia in the media industry
  • R094 – Visual identity and digital Graphics

Students will then complete one optional unit ranging from –

  • R096 – Animation with audio
  • R097 – Interactive digital media
  • R098 – Visual imaging
  • R099 – Digital games

Unit R093 is an examined unit where students will sit a 90-minute examination paper which is set out and marked by OCR. Units R094 to R099 are assessed through a series of tasks for a set assignment that are set by OCR each academic year, marked by your teacher, and then moderated by OCR.