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OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Digital Media at Ralph Thoresby School

Course description

This qualification is designed for learners 16 years old or over who want to study digital media concept and product development. The qualification is designed to be taken as part of a study programme alongside other vocational qualifications or A-levels.

Learners will take between five and seven units, three mandatory and between two and four optional units (depending on the size of units you choose). Learners will study the following mandatory units:

• Media products and audiences

• Pre-production and planning

• Create a media product.

These units will give learners an understanding of how different media institutions operate to create products that appeal to specific target audiences. They’ll gain knowledge and understanding of the pre-production, planning and production processes and go on to create a media product. Through this learners will also develop transferable skills such as planning, communication, adaptability and leadership. The optional units provide learners with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge, understanding and skills in key areas such as, Social media and globalisation, Journalism and the news industry or Advertising media. This qualification is equivalent to an A-level and carries similar UCAS points.

Course content

Course content

Unit 1: Media products and audiences- Exam

Unit 2: Pre-production and planning- Exam

Unit 3: Create a media product

Unit 16: The creation and use of sound in media

Unit 20: Advertising media

Entry requirements

At least 5 A*-C grades at GCSE. This must include at least a C grade at GCSE in English language.


This course consists of 2 mandatory externally assessed exams which count for 50% of the course. Unit 3, 16 and 20 are internally assessed coursework units which count for the remaining 50% of the course.

Future opportunities

Candidates who successfully complete the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Digital Media may progress to qualifications at University or Advanced Level Training such as Higher Level courses in Web and Multimedia Design, Media Studies, Animation and Media Production. Learners may also choose to choose to enter employment within the Creative Media or IT industries.

Further information

For more information please see Mr Aman Gill (Leader of Learning for ICT/Computing at Ralph Thoresby School

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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