Level 1
Unit No:
Guided learning hours:
48 hours

Unit Learning Outcomes


Know how audio is used in media products.

Purposes of audio in media products:

  • Soundtracks
  • Voiceovers
  • Special effects
  • Dialog
  • Use of silence
  • Jingles
  • News reports
  • Using audio to create meaning
  • Using audio to alert users

Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1

    Outline different purposes of audio in media products.


Be able to generate ideas for and produce a plan for audio in a media product.

How to generate ideas:

  • Genre of product
  • Target audience
  • Purpose of audio
  • Design brief
  • Mind maps
  • Flowcharts
  • Technical notes

Plan the production of audio for a media product:

  • Mind maps
  • Flowcharts
  • Storyboards
  • Scripts
  • Recording schedule
  • Booking facilities
  • Locations
  • Human resources
  • Equipment
  • Prototypes
  • Rehearsals
  • Time management
  • Budget

Assessment Criteria

  • 2.1

    Use appropriate techniques to generate ideas for audio suitable for the genre, purpose and target audience for a specific media product.

  • 2.2

    Plan the production of audio for a media product.


Be able to produce audio for a media product.

Create audio files:

  • Recording audio
  • Audio libraries
  • Editing audio
  • Sound levels
  • Filters / effects
  • Testing
  • Compression
  • Saving audio in correct file types
  • Exporting audio
  • Keeping a production log

Import audio into a media product:

  • Accessing correct audio file types
  • Importing audio into a product (e.g. timeline, sound channel)
  • Testing audio files in a media product
  • Revisions to audio files

Safe working practices:

  • Importance of health and safety
  • Working safely with equipment
  • Working safely with computers
  • Maintaining a safe working environment

Assessment Criteria

  • 3.1

    Create audio files.

  • 3.2

    Import audio into a media product.


Be able to review audio work for a media product.

Review audio work for a media product.

Include reflections on:

  • how well you worked to produce the audio (strengths and areas for development in your way of working)
  • the effectiveness of the audio (how well it met its purpose/the brief)

Draw on:

  • User feedback
  • Own self-assessment
  • Feedback from those who worked with you

Suggest improvements to own work:

  • More efficient or effective ways of working
  • Ways to improve the audio

Assessment Criteria

  • 4.1

    Outline the strengths and areas for development of the audio product.

  • 4.2

    Suggest improvements to own work.