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iMedia Department Staff

Mr J Horsman – Lead Teacher of Media
Miss K Albrow – Teacher of Media

Learning Journey

iMedia learning Journey

iMedia Curriculum Journey

The Cambridge National in Creative iMedia equips students with the wide range of knowledge and skills needed to work in the creative digital media sector as well as many other sectors. Students start by looking at pre-production and develop their skills through practical assignments as they create final multimedia products, embedding knowledge and building upon pre-existing skills throughout. This builds upon what they have learnt at KS3 including creating digital content to achieve a given goal as well making judgements about digital content when evaluating and repurposing it for a given audience. Students will be internally assessed on three units of coursework each worth 25% of their grade and externally assessed on an exam worth 25% of their grade.

R082: Creating Digital Graphics (compulsory)

  • Topic 1: The main purposes and uses of digital graphics

  • Topic 2: File types and formats for digital graphics

  • Topic 3: Image properties

  • Topic 4: Target audience

  • Topic 5: Interpreting a client brief

  • Topic 6: Work plans

  • Topic 7: Visualisation diagrams

  • Topic 8: Assets and resources

  • Topic 9: Legislation

  • Topic 10: Sourcing assets

  • Topic 11: Editing and creating assets

  • Topic 12: Evaluating a product

Students will be starting with R082 as their first unit of work as it is a core unit, which demonstrates how graphics are utilised in everyday life, including on posters, book covers and album covers. Students will be learning new skills about digital graphics, including the importance of digital graphics and what the benefits of creating graphics for projects are. Students will be adapting these throughout an end of unit project which consolidates skills that allows students to draw upon prior learning to know more and remember more. Students will be focusing on different aspects including the importance of digital graphics that they can use to refer to for their official assignment. Students can use their knowledge of design from the KS3 where they should have learned specific photoshop skills that will help with their assignment. Each lesson will help prepare students for future success in media production careers as the skills they will learn are desirable, transferable skills for cultural capital such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively.


R085: Creating a Multipage Website (subject to change)

  • Topic 1: The main purposes and features of a multipage website

  • Topic 2: Devices and internet connections

  • Topic 3: Interpreting a client brief

  • Topic 4: Target audience

  • Topic 5: Work plans

  • Topic 6: Pre-production planning

  • Topic 7: Assets

  • Topic 8: Legislation

  • Topic 9: Test plans

  • Topic 10: Creating a website

  • Topic 11: Reviewing a website

Students are completing R085 as their second unit of work because this allows them to know more and remember more about recognising the importance of following a client brief and identifying who the target audience is, and what they are being asked to develop, as well as being able to use their graphical skills to create graphics for their video. Also they will be learning new skills on how to design and develop a multipage website, where they can adapt their graphical and designing skills into creating the required pages, demonstrating what they already know and to help them continue to remember more. Skills and knowledge that students were taught in the previous practice tasks can also coincide with the practice tasks for R085, as some of the knowledge that the students will be presenting is also required for this new assignment. All the skills developed will also help the students with their exam in year 11, as they will have a knowledge of pre-production documents, for example, mood boards and mind maps; these can be taken on board in any future career (cultural capital) as it is important to have a plan of what is to be created.

R089: Creating a Digital Video Sequence (subject to change)

  • Topic 1: The uses and sectors of digital video

  • Topic 2: Video file formats and properties of digital video

  • Topic 3: Interpreting a client brief

  • Topic 4: Target audience

  • Topic 5: Work plans

  • Topic 6: Pre-production planning

  • Topic 7: Equipment and resources

  • Topic 8: Legislation

  • Topic 9: Camera shots

  • Topic 10: Creating a video footage

  • Topic 11: Creating a digital video sequence

  • Topic 12: Reviewing a digital video sequence

Students complete R089 as their last project. This is the last unit as it enables students to group all their knowledge, skills and understanding of features that are identified within creating a digital video sequence. Quite a lot of the skills that are taught in previous units are demonstrated in this unit allowing students to know more and remember more. Students will be looking at developing skills they already have including interpreting a client brief, recognising suitable formats and considering suitable target audiences, as well as being able to use their graphical skills to create graphics for their video. Students will be completing practice tasks that relate to new skills and knowledge for creating digital video sequences. Students will be able consider the importance of digital videos by using real life scenarios such as education and why videos benefit certain target audiences, which they can use within cultural capital.


R081: Exam (compulsory) 

  • Topic 1: Mood boards

  • Topic 2: Mind maps

  • Topic 3: Visualisation diagrams

  • Topic 4: Storyboards

  • Topic 5: Scripts

  • Topic 6: Interpreting a client brief and timescales

  • Topic 7: Target audience

  • Topic 8: Hardware, software and resources

  • Topic 9: Risk Assessments

  • Topic 10: Legislation

  • Topic 11: Creating pre-production documents


Students can refer to their coursework assignments/practices tasks to help with their skills and knowledge that can help them with understanding of exam requirements. Throughout the exam content, students will be looking at pre-production documents, which they have been required to create throughout their end of unit projects, helping them to know more and remember more. Students will gain skills in exam techniques as they will be given exam questions to help improve their confidence in creating and writing about pre-production documents.

SMSC in iMedia



iMedia careers

Useful Links

Bluesquare thing

BBC Bitesize

Photoshop guide

YouTube, loads of guides for media creation

Website creation guide


What’s on the bookshelf?

We recommend reading Lauren Ipsum by Carlos Bueno! Lauren Ipsum is a whimsical journey through a land where logic and computer science come to life. Meet Lauren, an adventurer lost in Userland who needs to find her way home by solving a series of puzzles.

iMedia  book
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