The Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in Digital Media offer specialist pathways in digital content for interactive media, moving image and audio production.
Who is this qualification for?
The OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma in Digital Media is aimed at students who want to do the following:
BTEC HND courses, or to full degree courses, such as:
o BA (Hons) Publishing and Digital Culture
o BA(Hons) Web Development
o BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism
o BA (Hons) Media Studies
o BA (Hons) Graphic Design
The course is the equivalent of two A levels and is taught over two years alongside other level 3 courses, either vocational or A levels.
12 units are studied, of which three are compulsory and examined. A further nine are taken from a selection of optional units which offer a broad experience of digital media.
Each assessment for a Cambridge Technical is linked to a specific unit. All of the units developed for assessment are of 30, 60 or 90 teaching hours to allow learners to demonstrate breadth and depth of achievement. Each assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked internally and later moderated by the exam board and a grade awarded.
The styles of assessment used for qualifications in the creative digital media suite are:
● Units – learners take the assessments during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a project task. This is set as a brief to mimic real word situations between client and customer.
● Performance – learners prepare for assessment over a specified window and demonstrate skills that generate some non-written evidence i.e. Photographic imagery (print), audio visual promo (audio file).
The three external examined assessments include a period of preparation using set information. External examined assessments are available once or twice a year and learners can have only one resit attempt during the programme. The other units are internally assessed by teachers and moderated by a visiting exam board moderator. The course is extremely practical and hands-on. The units available are as follows:
1. Media Products and audiences (exam)
2. Pre-production and planning (exam)
3. Social media and globalisation (exam)
4. Create a media product
5. Interactive media product
6. Journalism and the news industry
7. Photography for digital media products
8. Comics and graphic novel storytelling
9. Create a digital animation
10. Graphic design for digital media products
11. Create audio visual promo
12. Plan and deliver a pitch for a media product.
How is the course graded?
The course is graded at Pass, Merit, Distinction and Ungraded. These grades then convert to the equivalent of A level grades through a points system and thereby enables students to use the grades as part of the UCAS tariff for progression to university or other higher education institutions. More information on this can be found on the UCAS website.
What else can I study?
Alongside the diploma, you will take one or two further A levels and the
Extended Project. A levels that go well with the diploma are:
o Fine art
o Product Design
o Theatre Studies
o English language and/or literature
o Media Studies
You can take any of the other A levels we offer providing you meet the entry criteria.
The only A level that is not allowed is photography because the content is too similar to the diploma to give enough breadth of study.