We follow the BTEC Tech Award, Level 1/2, Creative Media Production specification
which offers pupils the opportunity to engage with analytical and creative media
work. Lessons include taught skills, workshops, report writing and practical
production. Pupils analyse a variety of texts: film, advertising, television and video
games; and have the chance to create short films of their own, re-imagining texts to
present to new audiences.
Pupils can achieve a BTEC Tech Award from level 1, Pass or Merit to level 2 Pass,
Merit or Distinction. We teach this BTEC course because, firstly, it offers a broad
range of qualification outcomes that can be used to help access further education
courses. Secondly, it has a mix of analysis and creativity that suits our pupils, putting
pupils in front of and behind a movie camera, creative planning processes and
engaging with texts that they are largely already familiar with although have perhaps
not studied them formally.
In some respects, the BTEC replaces the old Speaking and Listening element of the
English GCSE, the old Expressive Arts GCSE and the old Media Studies GCSE.