Key Stage 4 Creative iMedia

Creative iMedia is an optional subject at Key Stage 4 - it is a popular and successful choice for many students.

Contact Time

All pupils will have five lessons each fortnight.

Exam Information

Students will study the OCR creative iMedia course


Unit R081 - Pre-production skills, 1 hour 15 minutes, written paper (25% of total qualification)

Students are introduced to a range of essential pre-production techniques used in the creative and digital media, including client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques

Unit R082 - Creating digital graphics, coursework unit (25% of total qualification)

Building on the skills and understanding that they have developed in the previous unit, students explore where and why digital graphics are used and the techniques that are involved in their creation. They apply their skills and knowledge in creating digital graphics against a specific brief.

Unit R087 - Creating interactive multimedia products, coursework unit (25% of total qualification)

Students develop their knowledge and understanding of about where and why different interactive multimedia products are used and what features are needed for a given purpose. They learn how to interpret a client brief, and how to use time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process.

Unit R091 – Designing a game concept, coursework unit (25% of total qualification)

Students will explore different game types and platforms, before then planning and designing a digital game concept.  Students will also produce a game design proposal and consider how well the game components, narrative and gameplay combine to make a playable game, and identify any improvements that could be made.

Students will complete two units in Year 10 and two units in Year 11.


Qualification Details for Academic Year September 2022 onwards

Exam Board: OCR
Qualification Title: Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia Level 1/2 Award/Certificate
Qualification Specification Code: J834
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the OCR webpage for the specification.


Why should I study this course?

The Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia (I.T.) is an introduction to vocational learning. It gives learners the opportunity to build on their IT skills that show an aptitude for further learning but that are also proven to be successful in actively testing out their skills and motivating learners to engage fully with challenging study. It also gives a route in to a major sector and source of employment in the UK, with 1.46 million people working in digital production companies and around 45,000 digital jobs advertised at any one time.


What knowledge and/or skills will I need?

The qualification gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment, including:

  • Key planning techniques used for many elements of digital production, such as mood boards, diagrams and research skills.
  • Website production techniques, using basic tools and complex frameworks to achieve elements required for a client.
  • The knowledge and experience to take an idea from concept to actuality, with two opportunities in varied media types (graphic and web media).


What will I study in this qualification?

R093: Creative iMedia in the media industry – This is an investigation into different ways that creative professionals approach planning. These skills are utilised in both the formal exam (1h 30min) and in subsequent units.

R094: Visual identity and digital graphics – Investigates the uses of digital graphics, including the file types and formats, whilst covering skills within photo editing software.

Plus one more additional optional unit TBC.


How will I be assessed?

R093: Creative iMedia in the media industry – This is a 1 hour 30 minute paper set and assessed by OCR, taken at the end of year 11.

R094: Visual identity and digital graphics – 10 hour long project, after completing learning around the different elements for around 30 hours previously. (50 marks)

Optional unit TBC. (70 marks)

Each element is 35% of the qualification, shown as a total of 190 marks.


Possible Career Paths

  • Social media specialist
  • Content developer
  • Website developer
  • ICT related degrees in Computer Arts, Software development for animation, website development, games design and game development Network manager
  • IT technician
  • Programmer
  • Systems analyst
  • Cloud architect
  • Digital media
  • Graphic Design
  • Videographer
  • Photographer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Producer (Radio/Film)