Welcome to the Creative & Media Department. Within the department we aim to offer a range of exciting and engaging opportunities for students in the Creative and Media industries, one of the fastest growing job markets in the North-West. Students are introduced to skill sets and technologies used in industry and within the creative arts, gaining valuable insights in to future employment areas and cultural expression. All Creative & Media staff bring individual skills and specific subject knowledge and areas of expertise to the courses we offer. Creative & Media courses are offered in Key Stage 4 and 5.
Meet the Staff
- Mr P. Christoffer (Subject Leader)
- Mr M. Newns
- Mrs P. Ward
To develop industry applicable skills and knowledge via students’ work
To create an environment in which creativity is encouraged and new ways of exploring the world are permitted
To engage with the Creative & Media industries, allowing students the opportunity of experiencing the work place
To encourage positive interactions between students, developing team work and individual contributions to project work
To develop specific and in depth understanding of technologies
To create a range of products and artefacts to a very high standard
To develop a sound assessment and reporting system that allows students the benefit of a thorough understanding of their progress and attainment
To encourage access to engaging syllabus and innovative ways of learning
Diploma students in Key Stage 4 follow the Edexcel programme of study that requires the completion of 7 key units as well as Functional Skills examinations in English, Maths and ICT. Alongside the school delivery students must complete a piece of personal research in the form of an Extended Project, a qualification in its own right, and 10 days work experience in an industry related environment. Alongside the specific Diploma elements students add an Additional Specialist area of Learning or ASL, this usually takes the form of a GCSE or Btec qualification. The Diploma is a range of individually assessed and credited qualification that, when taken as a whole, become a very impressive qualification.
Units completed in the Diploma include creating Artefacts, Performance and Campaigns. Skills included may include photography, graphic design, film making and special effects as well a research and resource collection and management. Students are expected to work in groups, handling budgets and dealing with real-world situations and challenges.
Btec students in Key Stage 5 follow the Edexcel Extended Certificate qualification, a level 2 qualification equivalent to 2 GCSE examinations. The Btec course allows students to develop key Media skills such as Film production, photography and print media production. Students are expected to work independently, developing their own creative vision and producing high quality media products. The Btec course runs over the space of 1 year.
Homework is set regularly for both Diploma and Btec students although this may take the form of project development.
Due to the nature of the courses students are expected to take control of their own learning progress and will often be working on specific projects in their own time.
Course deadlines often mean homework tasks are set in accordance with these dates.
Extra Curricular Activities
Students often take part in the recording and documenting of events in and around school, concerts, musical events and stage shows.
Coursework clubs and catch up sessions run throughout the year.
Our recent successes
A very successful first year for the Diploma saw all students pass their first submitted unit with a C grade or better.
Most students have passed their functional skills examinations in English and ICT and will soon add any outstanding elements to the list of achievements.
The Diploma students worked with AS Creatives, a group of creative professionals, in producing a piece of multimedia performance including dance, film, animation and live action.
Btec students have enjoyed a great set of examination results.
Some of our former students
Kazia Davies – Studying for a Degree in Media and Film Studies having used her Btec portfolio to demonstrate her skill base and experience at interview.
Chris Wall – Currently working with AdLib Audio as a sound engineer