Media Studies

In an ever-changing digital age, students can begin to discover how Social Media, TV, Film and Gaming can affect and influence people on both a social and individual level. In each unit, the students will develop their critical thinking in exploring these different aspects of Media.

Additionally, Media Studies students take on the role of a producer – students will create their own films, advertising campaigns and magazines. This allows students to put their critical understanding in to practice, while creating the produces that surround them every day.

Each course in Media Studies is divided between written and practical tasks, providing students with a variety of different skills and tasks to succeed. In addition, through coursework and trips, Media Studies provides opportunities to develop skills that are invaluable within the working world.

GCSE (Eduqas)

Students study a wide range of Media products, including – TV, Print Media, Video Games, Music Videos and Social Media.

The course itself is split between looking at theoretical approaches to Media and creating their own products. In Year 10, the students will begin to create a product designed for a brief, which is set by the exam board. Suggested products will be centred on Print Media, Online Media and Moving Image. This makes up 70% of the students’ overall GCSE

At the end of Year 11, students take an examination on topics chosen by the exam board where students will be expected to apply theory and social, historical, economic and political contexts to each Media product. This examination comprises the final 70% of the GCSE.

A-Level (Eduqas)

The A-Level course is split between practical coursework and formally examined units.

In Year 12, students will be expected to explore all areas of the media through set text, looking closely at the social, economical, historical and political elements of the products. Throughout this year, students will gain a wide knowledge of the Media and how it impacts the world in which we live. Each unit of work will also require a practical element, where students will be creating a product similar to the one studied. These will be used to assess the students’ understanding of the products and to help give them the necessary skills to create their final product, which will make up 30% of their final grade.

Toward the end of the course, students will sit two formal assessment that will test their knowledge of their set products and their understanding of the three key areas of Media language: audience, industry, and representation. This comprises 70% and will be split over two exams.

Media Studies Teacher, Mr S Kilmore