ICT & Creative iMedia

Our Computing and ICT curriculum will give the students an opportunity to:

Research and Design

  • Engage in an iterative process of design and making;
  • Undergo primary and secondary research techniques into a range of clients’ needs;
  • Identify and solve their own problems and the problems of specific clients and target market groups;
  • Develop products that respond to the needs of clients in a variety of situations;
  • Use a variety of digital pre-production techniques and creative digital media applications;
  • Develop and communicate their design ideas.

Make

  • Select from and use specialist digital media tools, techniques, processes to produce a planned product;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of digital applications and pre-production techniques.

Evaluate

  • Investigate new and emerging digital technologies;
  • Personal project work, analysing how the product fulfils the requirements of the specification and the user’s needs, wants and values;
  • Recognise how their product can be modified to better meet its intended aim and target audience;
  • Understand developments in ICT and other digital concepts and its impact on individuals, society and the environment.

Our department has 2 dedicated ICT classrooms with 30 PCs in each. All students have individual IT accounts which allows them to access the network anywhere within the academy.

KS3 (Year 7, 8 and 9)

Here at Goole, we focus on delivering a balanced KS3 curriculum to all our students. The main aim is to give students the necessary ICT skills which will prepare them for a life in a digital world. As new technologies emerge we also continue to develop our KS3 curriculum.

Throughout KS3 our students have a one-hour lesson per week. Our lessons include elements from all 3 strands (IT, Computing and Digital Literacy) which provides a foundation for KS4.

Our aim is to make our students creative and independent learners. Each half term students engage in mini projects; each project has a different focus which allows students to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding. We use a range of different software packages and where possible we link our projects to real-life scenarios and possible career paths.

Some of the projects within our KS3 curriculum include:

Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11)

At KS4 we offer the Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia qualification. This course provides learners with a wide range of digital skills and encourages independence, creativity and awareness of the digital media sector. It equips learners with a range of creative skills and provides opportunities to develop transferable skills such as research, planning, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively.

Assessment

The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia is made up of 4 units, each unit is worth 25% of the final mark. 75% of the qualification is coursework based, which is set and marked by the classroom teacher. Students can expect to achieve a Level 2 qualification at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

So, if you like project work, enjoy working independently, like to research and complete practical projects then this could be the course for you!

Course Content

Over the 2 years, students will study 2 mandatory units (R081 and R082) followed by 2 optional units.

Mandatory Units

R081 (Pre Production Skills): R081 focuses on the pre-production skills needed in order to undertake any project, looking at the purpose and content needed for pre-production, as well as the planning required. The exam is 1hr 15 minutes and it is set and marked externally by OCR.

R082 (Creating Digital Graphics): Digital graphics feature in many areas of our lives and play a very important part in today’s world. The digital media sector relies heavily on graphics to communicate messages effectively. The aim of this unit is for learners to understand the basics of digital graphics. Students will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation.

Some Optional Units include:

R083 (2D & 3D Character Design): This unit will enable learners to understand the basics of character modelling. It will develop their knowledge of where 2D and 3D digital characters are used in industry, be that television, film, web applications or computer gaming.

R085 (Creating a multipage website): Multipage websites are the basis of internet content and are therefore used extensively in the creative digital media sector, whether it be mobile phones or computers. This unit will enable learners to understand the basics of creating multipage websites. It will enable learners to demonstrate their creativity by combining components to create a functional, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing website.

R087 (Interactive Multimedia): Interactive multimedia products are used widely in everyday life. They are used in computer games, mobile phone applications, presentations and many other areas. This unit will enable learners to understand the basics of interactive multimedia products including where and why interactive multimedia are used, what features are needed for a given purpose.

 

 

Where could Creative iMedia take you in the future?

Below are a few examples of the many jobs available within the creative and digital sector which need young people with relevant skills:

Marketing Executive

As a marketing executive, you would promote your employer’s or your client’s products, services or ideas. If you love using your communication skills in a creative way, this could be the ideal job for you.

Journalist

As a journalist you would research and present news stories for print, television, radio and the internet. If you have an enquiring mind, excellent communication skills and enjoy working with people this job could be for you.

Film Director

Directors have overall responsibility for the way films and television programmes are made.  As a director, you would use your creativity, organisational skills and technical knowledge to manage the whole production process.

Graphic Designer

In this role you will work alongside your clients, creating websites and other promotional materials for them.  This could include graphics for packaging, magazines, catalogues and flyers, etc.  More career ideas: Animator, Broadcast Engineer, Screenwriter, Photographer, Film Maker, Set Designer, Media Researcher, Audio-Visual Technician, Studio Sound, Engineering, Editor, Advertising Executive.

Games Designer

Game Designers devise what a game consists of and how it plays. They plan and define all the elements of a game: its setting; structure; rules; story flow; characters; the objects, props, vehicles, and devices available to the characters; interface design; and modes of play.