The course is split over two years. Students produce 3 units of work each year that are marked internally and then moderated by an external OCR moderator.
The Cambridge Technical final grade is completely decided based on coursework and has no exam element to it.
With the exception of the initial Media Institutions unit of work, New media and Production media courses both work on different units of work over the two years this creates the possibility for students who wish to study both media courses to achieve a double qualification in Media.
All Media students are required to complete an initial unit that involves the investigation of a Media institution its products and its audiences. Students considering completing both Media courses will also have to work on an extra unit of work which would be agreed through conversation with their teacher.
In year 12 Media Production students carry out units in Photography, Magazine design and Radio.
Year 13 involves students producing their own video production that involves directing, filming and editing. Students will also produce sound for film and television.
In Year 12 New Media students carry out units on Character design and animation planning as well as production of their own animated short. Students will also work on a graphic design unit of work.
Year 13 is based around students fully developing a longer animated film of their own creation and working on a Graphic novel design project.
The only requirement for succeeding on either Media courses is a desire to work hard and an interest in creating your own media products. No previous knowledge of Media studies is required provided you have enthusiasm and a drive to do well.
Media students must have a good imagination and the dedication to work independently, outside of lessons if a project requires it.
5 GCSE or equivalent vocational passes. English grade 4 is desirable. A student who does not meet these requirements should obtain a teacher recommendation.
What type of student is this course suitable for?
The Cambridge Technical Media course is designed specifically for students aged 16+,
The creative industries are an important growth area in the UK, bringing significant cultural and economic benefits. The Level 3 Cambridge Technical in Media offers a wide range of units to reflect the range of opportunities available within the Media sector. It is an ideal foundation for students, providing them with understanding of Media through engagement with media products, production processes and technologies. This leads to the application of practical and creative skills that transfer easily into the workplace.
At NHJSF we offer two versions of the course.
The Media Production course focuses on audio visual production and editing.
The Digital Media course is focused around character design, digital design and animation.
Where could this course take you?
Past students of the course have gone on to study Media and Creative Media/Art courses. at university and gone on to work in a variety of media fields such as Animation, Game design, Production and web design. We have even had two former Media students go on to work as stuntmen in films like Harry Potter and James Bond.
What our students say
‘I learnt so many practical skills, I’m way ahead of other students on my university course!’
‘You get helped when you need it and learn a lot.’
‘You learn a lot and every unit is fun’.
‘You have the freedom and support to pursue your own ideas’