Design Tech & BTEC Media Curriculum Statement


In the first instance, our vision is to introduce all students through Year 7 to 9 to a number of core information technology skills enabling learners to effectively contribute to their broader academic and creative curriculum.  In addition to this, it is intended to support aspects of the requirements of the interleaved ‘No Limits’ curriculum, including oracy.  Beyond Year 9 the programme of study from YR7 to YR9 is designed to inform students of their YR10 basket three choices, and where appropriate, enable the smooth transition to a range of basket 3 subjects including: media and photography.


In Design Technology year 7 to 9 students are allocated six 1 hr 50 minutes over a 12 week period.  BTEC Media is delivered as an optional unit for students and they are allocated 2 single and one double sessions over a two week cycle.  The BTEC Tech Award in Creative Digital Media is divided into 3 components: analysing media texts, media skills development and production and workshop exam.


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As students in year 7 and 9 get a taste of what will be covered in subjects such GCSE Photography and BTEC Media, this will lead to them being able to make informed choices for their year 10 options.  In addition to this, they can develop their basic skills of IT and file management to support their other courses.  In every lesson, visual assessment for learning is used to gauge technical and creative competences.  At the end of each 6 sessions course learners submit their best pieces of work and this is celebrated around the academy.
The BTEC Media students individually receive verbal feedback on their work.  The skills covered throughout year 7 to 9 greatly support learners to build competence and confidence to enable learners to focus on their creativity and the full realisation of their creative ideas for coursework.