Welcome to the Creative Media department.

Perryfields High School aims to enrich the lives of our pupils through the arts, our motto ‘Together We Achieve Excellence’; is symbiotic to developing the students’ knowledge and interests whilst building their confidence for future challenges in life. Creative Media was introduced at the school with this in mind; the inquisitive, collaborative and  creative nature of our children is honed through a highly practical programme of study that allows for students to create and investigate.

Creative Media is for learners who wish to acquire skills through vocational contexts by studying the knowledge, skills and processes related to investigating, exploring and creating media products as part of their Key Stage 4 and 5 learning. The learners will acquire knowledge, understanding and skills to underpin their practical activities in assessment. The qualifications will broaden the learner’s experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.

Staffing and Responsibilities

  • Miss E Haynes – Head of Creative Media
  • Mr C Briggs – Teacher of Creative Media

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Creative Media Production (Grades L1 Pass, L1 Merit, L1 Distinction, L2 Pass, L2 Merit, L2 Distinction, L2 Distinction*)

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

Component number Component title GLH Level How assessed
1 Exploring Media Products 36 1/ 2 Internal
2 Developing Digital Media Production Skills 36 1/ 2 Internal
3 Create a Media Product in Response to a Brief 48 1/ 2 Synoptic External

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Creative Media Production (Qualification Number: 603/1238/5), is for learners who wish to acquire skills through vocational contexts by studying the knowledge, skills and processes related to investigating, exploring and creating media products as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. The learners will acquire knowledge, understanding and skills to underpin their practical activities in assessment, and this will complement their GCSEs. The qualification will broaden the learner’s experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.

COMPONENT 1: Exploring Media Products

Learners will develop their understanding of how media products create meaning for their audiences by examining existing products and exploring media production techniques.

COMPONENT 2: Developing Digital Media Production Skills

Learners will develop skills and techniques in media production processes by reworking existing media products from one, or all, of the following sectors: audio/moving image, publishing and interactive design.

COMPONENT 3: Create a Media Product in Response to a Brief

Learners will apply and develop their planning and production skills and techniques to create a media product in response to a client brief.All units have equal weighting.

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certification in Creative and Digital Media offers students a comprehensive and integrated coverage of media theory and practice. There’s a focus on new technologies and students will complete practical work in both Year 12 and 13. The course covers a variety of contemporary topics and debates, from the way the media presents news and fiction, the impact of technological and e-media changes, to the production of marketing for a musical artist and offers the opportunity for consistent digital exploration. 

In Year 12 students will study: Media Representations (Unit 2) and they will create a Non-Fiction Film (Unit 10).

The study of Media Representations will allow for a broader understanding of how and why Media is produced and will be assessed through an online exam. The introduction of theories throughout this module will support the creation, development and production of their own Media film for Unit 10 study. This will be internally assessed through the final filmed product and supporting portfolio.

In Year 13 students will study: Pre-Production Portfolio (Unit 4) and Developing to a Brief (Unit 8).

In developing ideas about the Media and the theories that you have studied you will be required to create a portfolio of work that demonstrates your Creative talents. This will take the form of a portfolio with some practical evidence. You will then be provided with a brief from the board that is to be explored practically and will be externally assessed. 

Entry Requirements: We would expect you to have achieved a C or above in your English GCSEs. 

What Can I do next?

Be in no doubt that Universities value Media Studies as an academic course. You maybe considering pursuing Media/ Film, Art, English, Design or Drama at a higher level, and this course provides an excellent basis for this.

Alternatively, you may think about a career in technical theatre, youth/recreational professions, arts administration or teaching.