Interactive Media

The course consists of 4 units. Three of the four units are internally assessed and moderated by OCR with one unit externally assessed in a hour exam. The final unit is marked as a piece of coursework which you will completed towards the end of the two year course


aim and objectives

Btec Creative Media is a vocationally based course enabling all students the freedom of working in many different medias both digital and physical. The students will develop a wide variety of skills with traditional and contemporary methods. The projects students create follow the CREATE framework and are linked to vocational projects. The work created may be set by local industry professionals so that the world of work is brought into the classroom

The Course includes :

  • Digital Photography
  • Filming and editing ‘Creating a Digital Video Sequence’
  • Creating Digital Graphics
  • Planning for media production ‘Pre Production Skills’
  • Workshops led by industry professionals
  • Industry visits across Manchester


  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Event Organiser
  • Information Officer
  • Magazine Journalist
  • Market Researcher
  • Writer

Unit 1 Digital Photography

This is a hands on workshop led unit that will teach students the technical elements of photography and composition as well learning how to use the manual settings of a DSLR camera

Unit 2 Creating a Digital Video Sequence

This is an incredibly exciting project where students will develop their filming and editing skills in addition to key communication and interpersonal skills like team working and pitching. They will also have the opportunity to develop confidence by appearing in front of the camera

Unit 3 Creating Digital Graphics

Digital graphics feature in many areas of our lives and play a very important part in today’s world. The digital media sector relies heavily on these visual stimulants within the products it produces, to communicate messages effectively



The Cambridge National in Creative Media exam board we use is OCR

Course Leader

Kate Mackelvie – Joint Lead for Interactive Media

Kate has a degree in Graphic Arts from John Moores University and a PGCE in creative and media from Edgehill University. She taught Creative Media at Wellacre Academy, before becoming leader of Media in 2013. Her favourite units to teach are short film unit and music video production. Kate is now Joint Lead for Interactive Media at MCS with Dan and hopes to inspire her new students and pass on her passion for her subject and learning on to them. Students taking media at KS4 can expect to complete units of study in digital photography, digital video and creating digital graphics in addition to learning how to create near professional pre-production documents like storyboards and treatments. Students at KS5 will complete a range of exciting units of study including comics and graphic novels, production and post production for film and special effects for film looking at prosthetics and pyrotechnic