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Digital Media OCR Level 3 at Ilkley Grammar School

Course description

Digital Media is an exciting, practical and highly relevant subject. The syllabus is designed to provide students with the opportunity through applied learning to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the digital media sector.

Our students’ level of achievement in Media has been consistently outstanding. Our students’ coursework (including the research this requires) has been highly praised by our exam board, whilst many of our students have seen their work screened in a cinema as part of a national film festival; we aim to look higher than producing work that has the appearance of being a student production. This year for the first time we are changing our course offering to the Cambridge Technical qualification in order to enhance the experience of our media students.

The Cambridge Technical in Digital Media is a unique blend of practical production and theory-based work. The course is designed to continually combine these two elements, so that your learning on theory is enhanced through practical exercises. We want you to emerge able to perceive and identify the hidden ideologies, or persuasive techniques, at play across our media, able to skillfully deconstruct any media text. We want you to grasp institutional, industrial & technological context as part of this. We want to equip you with an ability to tie media theories into relevant current affairs. We want to enhance your traditional academic skills whilst training you with filming, editing & blogging skills highly prized in modern business & academia.

Course content

1 Media products and audiences
(Unit 1)
2 Pre-production and planning
(Unit 2)
3 Scripting for media products
(Unit 22)
4 Plan and deliver a pitch for a media product (Unit
5 Create a media product (short film production)
(Unit 3)
6 The creation and use of sound in media (Unit 16)

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for Post-16: 5 grade 4/C at GCSE, preferably including English and Maths.


One 2 hour exam at the end of Year 1
(Unit 1)
25% of the course.
One 2 hour exam at the end of Year 1
(Unit 2) - 25% of the course.
Coursework blog for Units 3, 16, 21 and 22
50% of the course.

Future opportunities

Many Media students have gone on to a wide range of universities across the UK to study for Media, Film, Journalism, Marketing, Communications and Event Management degrees, with the range of academic work we do preparing students well for any degree course requiring research, analysis and application of a range of academic theories. Students have selected both theory-based and production- based routes. Several Media students have also been head-hunted for employment as a direct result of the impressive quality of
their multimedia blogs and film, video and print productions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ilkley Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September