This one-year course provides students with the opportunity to study a wide range of information and creative technology topics. Students learn to develop visual, technical and practical skills using computer software and computer programming and networking skills to help progress onto further study or into creative media or IT roles.
Ideal for students aged 16 and above, or for mature students, this course allows the development of technical and design skills in audio, visual and website design.
Most of the information received in society is communicated via the computer based media. Information and creative technology teaches the skills needed to use software effectively as well as having a good understanding of how computers work and how to programme them to produce the latest interactive media systems
During the course students study six units which introduces the basic techniques of audio visual, video making, image manipulation, network skills, programming and understanding the digital world.
Students will also complete a skills project which to build confidence and employability skills. This also covers subjects such as equality and safeguarding, which are designed to broaden knowledge and help with employment potential.
Five GCSE passes at grade 3 or above, preferably to include Maths and English or an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English at Level 1.
Learners need to have an interest in either hardware computing and programming or the use of computer software and video editing. You will need to study both aspect of computer use so the ability to adapt and be receptive to different approaches is important.
Successful candidates will gain the Level 2 Certificate in ICT
Students are assessed through a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and controlled assessments set by the awarding body. Students will produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units.
Students are expected to spend additional study hours in the Learning Resource Centre in order to successfully complete this programme. Students will also need to complete research and homework on a regular basis in order to build up knowledge and confidence within the media industry. It is expected that students will need to spend approximately 6-10 hours a week on course work outside of normal class time.
Students will be expected to complete some work experience. This helps students understand the types of roles available in industry and the skills required to gain employment in the sector.
Successful students will have the opportunity to progress onto the BTEC L3 Foundation Diploma in Interactive Media, BTEC L3 Foundation Diploma in IT or gain a position as an apprenticeship. You may also chose to look at employment within the creative media or IT industries.
Fees and Additional Costs
At times students will be offered the opportunity to visit exhibitions and shows or to attend location sites and these may require students to pay entrance fees and coach costs. Students may also benefit from purchasing text books, the details of these books will be discussed during induction when the latest edition of books will be recommended.