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 work, and enhance students’ analytical skills and practical skills. Students will analyse media texts such as TV programmes and magazines, in the same way they may analyse books or poetry in English. Students will also have the opportunity to produce their own print and audio-visual media texts, such as DVD covers, film posters and music videos.
What We Offer:
- GCSE Media Studies
- A-level Media Studies
- A-level Film Studies
- BTEC Creative Media (Print)
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, Media Studies students will learn about a range of media including magazines, newspapers, TV, film, radio, video games, and the internet, focussing on the key areas of form, audience, industry and representation. Assessment consists of two written exams (worth 70% of total grade) and one piece of practical production work (worth 30% of total grade). The exams will cover all mediums and areas of focus. For the practical production work, students will create their own marketing materials for an original film concept, consisting of a DVD cover and film poster, using their own original photography.
GCSE Media Studies will not be offered as an option choice for September 2019. A vocational BTEC Media option will be available to students from September 2020.
Key Stage 5
At A-level students will learn about a range of media including magazines, newspapers, TV, film, radio, video games, and the internet, focussing on the key areas of form, audience, industry and representation. Students will be assessed by two written exams (worth 70% of total grade), and one piece of practical production work (worth 30% of total grade). For the practical production work, students will produce music marketing materials for an unsigned local artist or band, consisting of a music video and promotional poster, including original footage and photography.
The BTEC Creative Digital Media Production course is equivalent to one A-level. The course focuses on print media texts, with a specific focus on the magazine industry. Assessment consists of two controlled assessment (coursework) units and two exams. One of the exams requires an analytical responses to a media text. The other exam requires a practical response to an industry-style brief.
Accommodation and Resources
Students are taught in small groups, in classrooms with one computer per student. The computers are equipped with Photoshop (image manipulation software) and moving image editing software, and internet access. Students also have access to 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 BBC Birmingham are valuable in giving our students an insight into the world of media in a real life setting.