Media Studies operates within the English Faculty.
Media Studies is an exciting subject that will equip you with a variety of skills and knowledge about the media that you use every day. We run courses at Key Stage 4 (GCSE) and Key Stage 5 (A-Level and BTEC). The topics that are covered aim to help students develop their knowledge and understanding about how different media industries and platforms work. The courses are also designed to enhance students’ analytical skills in terms of their technical analysis and those concerning representational topics of gender, age and ethnicity.
What We Offer:
- GCSE Media Studies
- AS & A-Level Media Studies
- BTEC Creative Media (Print)
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 GCSE Media Studies is 60% coursework and students are required to complete two essays on film genre and representation in magazines. There is a creative coursework portfolio which offers students the opportunity to develop their own interests and create a media product, such as CD, poster or comic. The external examination is 40% of the marks and the topic is TV News.
Key Stage 5
At A-Level students will cover a range of representation topics as part of their examination such as gender, ethnicity and age. They will also develop their technical analysis of print and moving image media texts. Coursework includes developing their own print product in Year 12 whilst there is an option to create their own moving image product in Year 13 using industry standard equipment.
On the BTEC Creative Media course learners are encouraged to personalise their learning through a diverse range of topics such as developing their own graphic narrative in the form of a comic or children’s books and enhance their analytical knowledge of films by designing their own blog.
Accommodation and Resources
Students have access to Mac computers with Photoshop and moving image editing software, internet access, A3 scanners, digital cameras and colour printers. We also have a fully equipped Sixth Form centre with individual working areas. The school library is a valuable resource housing a good range of up to date media books.
Visits by guest speakers and trips to places such as Cadbury World are valuable in giving our students an insight into the world of media and how companies market themselves.