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Level: 2

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Level 2 Intermediate Interactive Media: Digital Pathway has been specifically designed for students wishing to study a creative subject combined with IT, work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.

If you don’t already have a grade C [4] or above at GCSE in English and maths you’ll continue to study these elements which will form a significant part of your study programme. Additionally, your programme will include complementary components from Applied Generals in IT

Digital media plays a key role in many areas of our everyday lives and is also an important part of the UK economy. There is a demand from employers for an increasingly skilled and technically literate workforce as more and more media products are produced digitally.

The Intermediate Interactive Media programme will assess the application of creative media skills through their practical use. It will also provide you with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve your learning in other subjects. The aim is to enhance your employability when you leave education, contributing to your personal development and future economic wellbeing. The programme will encourage independence, creativity and awareness of the digital media sector.

The course will equip you with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities for you to develop, in context, desirable transferable skills such as research, planning and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively.

Entry requirements

You need one of the following:

  • Introductory Interactive Media or other Media-related subject, including IT
  • A GCSE in a Media-related subject at grade D or above, including IT

You should also have a standard of English and maths equivalent to a minimum Functional Skills Level 1.

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take your previous experience into consideration.  Applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present a portfolio of current work or undertake a related project/task before or after the interview to assess their suitability.

Course Content

Component 1: Interactive Media

Planning is an essential part of working in the creative and digital media sector. The pre-production element of this programme will enable you to understand pre-production skills and techniques used in the sector, as well as to gain the knowledge and skills to create digital media products and explore their application. It will also develop your understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process.

Pre-production skills content includes:

  • Understanding the purpose and content of pre-production
  • Being able to plan pre-production
  • Being able to produce and review pre-production documents

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 products to communicate messages effectively.

Creating Digital Graphics content includes:

  • Understanding the purpose and properties of digital graphics and knowing where and how they are used
  • Being able to plan the creation of a digital graphic
  • Having the knowledge to create new digital graphics, using a range of editing techniques
  • Being able to review a digital graphic against a specific brief

The aim of this unit is for you to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector.

Component 2: Digital Business Technologies

This will provide you with the opportunity, through applied learning, to develop the core principles and specialist knowledge and understanding required in the IT sector.  

The qualification provides you with an introduction to the IT sector, enabling you to learn and to be assessed in practical and relevant ways.

You are not required to undertake external assessments to achieve this qualification.

How will I be assessed?

Pre-production skills involves a written exam that lasts one hour and 15 minutes and is set and marked by the Awarding Body [60 marks].

This question paper:

  • Contains a scenario on which all questions are based
  • Consists of two sections, comprising short answer and extended response questions
  • Assesses the quality of written communication.

Creating Digital Graphics is centre-assessed and moderated by the Awarding Body [60 marks].

The centre-assessed tasks will be practical tasks in the context of an assignment selected from the Awarding Body’s bank of model assignments.

Component 2: Digital Business Technologies

You must achieve a total of two or three units from a choice of internally assessed units.

  • There is a choice of two or three units depending on their size.
  • All units are internally assessed.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to purchase a basic toolkit costing approximately £25 based on a list provided at enrolment (concessions are available subject to status). You will also need a journal or notebook at all times throughout the course.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

On successful completion of the programme to Merit or Distinction standard – as well as completion of GCSE English and Maths to grade 4 [C] – you can progress to an advanced course such as Advanced Digital Media Design or Moving Image and Audio Production via application and portfolio interview.


This course also prepares you for a junior employment position in the media-based industries, with the potential for promotion with the help of further training and qualifications.


This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Helen Clark

Helen Clark

Former BTEC student Helen leads Derby innovation showcase

A company director who studied BTEC multimedia at Derby College is spearheading a key event showcasing ideas and innovation in the city. Helen Clark, 32, attended the former Wilmorton site on a two year course when she was just 16. She is now a director with city-based Clark CX, a website conversion rate optimisation consultancy, which was founded by her husband Pete. Helen said Derby College gave her a crucial insight into the workplace and the course was broad-based enough to allow her to choose in which direction she wanted to take her career. After college she took a graphic design degree in Norwich, which led to design roles in Bath, Mansfield and then Derby. Pete separately attended Derby College on an art foundation course, and Helen joined his business two years ago. They are now putting together TEDxDerby 2016 at QUAD on May 21. The event is a forum which will showcase creative and innovative ideas from speakers predominantly based in, or connected, to Derby.

Helen said: "The BTEC course was like an introduction to the real world and how people work in the industry. We covered a wide range from illustration to graphic design and video work, which helped me to decide which field I wanted to go into."

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