Subject Leader: Mr Matt Edmunds

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What are we studying?

  • ·GCSE Computer Science
  • ·iMedia 


  • ·Gives learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works
  • ·Provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in computer science
  • ·Develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills.

This is an exciting and challenging course, perhaps one of the toughest GCSEs on offer! A proven interest in computer programming and a higher set in maths is a prerequisite.


What are we studying?

OCR Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia is a qualification that aims to develop a student’s creative media skills through their practical use. The qualification covers a number of key areas in the creative media field ranging from pre-production skills through to digital animation and adopts a hands-on approach to both teaching and learning. Cambridge Nationals deliver skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all students to achieve great things.

We will be aiming to achieve the Cambridge Nationals “Certificate” in Creative iMedia which is equivalent to a single GCSE.

There are two mandatory units for this course.

Unit R081 - Pre-Production skills is focused on understanding a client’s brief, planning for certain time frames, meeting deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process. 

Unit R082 – Creating Digital Graphics will help the students to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. They will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process.

We then have a choice of two optional units from the following:

  • ·Creating 2D and 3D digital characters.
  • ·Storytelling with a comic strip.
  • ·Creating a multipage website.
  • ·Creating a digital animation.
  • ·Creating an interactive multimedia product.
  • ·Creating a digital sound sequence.
  • ·Creating a digital video sequence.
  • ·Digital photography.
  • ·Designing a game concept.
  • ·Developing digital games.

How are we assessed?

Unit R081 is assessed by a written examination (1 hour 15 minutes) which accounts for 25% of the overall mark.  This question paper contains a scenario on which all questions are based.  It consists of two sections, comprising short answer and extended response questions.  The students will be assessed for the quality of their written communication. The other units are assessed by the Lavington teaching staff and moderated externally by the exam board.  The assignment briefs will be drawn from the OCR bank of model assignments.

All results are awarded on the following scale:

Distinction* at Level 2 (*2)

Distinction at Level 2 (D2)

Merit at Level 2(M2)

Pass at Level 2 (P2)

Distinction at Level 1 (D1)

Merit at Level 1 (M1)

Pass at Level 1 (P1)

How are we grouped?

Students will be in mixed ability groups for this qualification.

What home learning are we expected to do?

Students will be set home learning once every two weeks to help them prepare for the written examination questions.  It is our aim to give detailed feedback to the home learning to help the students think about their responses in more depth.

What can parents do to help?

If your child has access to the internet at home, please allow them to visit the Video Tutorials for the software that they will be using in class. The higher grades are only accessible if the student demonstrates a range and depth of skills in their completed coursework pieces.  There is a significant amount of written work involved in each unit. Please encourage your child to develop their communication skills by using connectives to expand upon their responses.  For example,  the use of “which means” or “for example” will lead to a better explanation of their thought processes and enable them to meet the assessment criteria for the Merit and Distinction levels.