Creative and Digital Media


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DurationAttendance PatternSCQF LevelYear Group
Two year Friday full day, college during year 1 and work placement during year 2 6  S5/S6


About this course content

About this course

About this course

This qualification is designed to provide Senior Year 5 (S5) and Senior Year 6 (S6) pupils opportunities to develop skills and knowledge for entry into a career in the Creative Industries sector.

In S5 pupils complete a National Progression Award (NPA) at SCQF Level 6. This includes knowledge units that support pupils to develop an understanding of the technologies, processes and practices used within the Creative Industries. The Foundation Apprenticeship is a two-year course for School pupils.

During year 1 the learners are based within the college learning creative digital and media skills for one day a week.

During year 2, the learners are based within a work placement for 1 day applying the skills learnt within a real-life context. The skills acquisition of year 1 will be focused upon a research portfolio and a production portfolio, which will focus upon the following practical production outputs: Animation; Video; Photography; Social Media; Graphic Design with a final project tailored to prepare them for the media project brief negotiated with their placement provider.

The second year will be assessed within the workplace and will involve scheduled meetings between the college-based assessor and the work placement supervisor to monitor engagement and progress of the individual candidate. The candidate will be expected to generate a digital work-placement log, which will be monitored regularly by the college-based assessor.

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative Digital Media aims to provide:

• An insight into the different creative industry sectors, the potential career paths and job roles available.

• An opportunity to develop and apply knowledge and skills relating to the 'creative process'.

• Real life projects and briefs that use the practical skills taught. •

Skills and knowledge that prepare candidates for project work in an employment setting

• An alternative route into the creative industries

• Work experience that can be useful for a CV and in some cases further employment.

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Course Progression

Course Progression

A pupil completing the Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media will have achieved a large proportion of the requirements for a Modern Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media and may be able to progress into this type of role.

Successful completion of the Foundation Apprenticeship could provide progression to:

• A Modern Apprenticeship

• SCQF Level 7 / 8 competence qualifications

• HNCs/HNDs in a variety of creative disciplines

• BA Honours Degrees

Foundation Apprenticeships are recognised by most Universities across Scotland. Skills Development Scotland have developed information to illustrate the value of a Foundation Apprenticeship for those considering application to College or University after school. 


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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Entry subject to satisfactory interview

The fundamental entry condition for the framework is the employer’s and training provider’s confidence in the candidate’s ability to thrive and achieve their potential within the Apprenticeship.

Candidates without prior qualifications may be able to demonstrate their prior skills and knowledge they have developed as a result of relevant employment or voluntary activities. However there is no specific qualifying period set as an entry condition.

Pupils need to be ready to work at SCQF Level 6 (the same level as Higher). They need to have a good level of written and spoken English. Communication and team working in the workplace is a key competence.

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Student Feedback

Student Feedback

What Cleo Chen says:

I chose to study this course as I enjoy the subject and I like that it will prepare me for a job in the Creative industry.

What Sean Bellman says:

I decided to come to UHI Perth because of their good reputation for creative courses including that it was close to home. I wanted to do something creative that also involved technology. I liked taking photographs and editing them.