Media Studies

Media StudiesMedia Studies is both a creative and analytical subject which is taught in KS4 & KS5.

Media is essential in developing our students as discerning users of all types of media, hopefully giving them the ability to be more selective in their responses to it and to understand that money is the key driver in many applications which are marketed as tools. They also have the opportunity to identify bias, representation and inaccuracy in information as they research, making them effective users of the internet. Threading through all the units is the teaching of important industry software like the Adobe family- Photoshop, Adobe Air etc. They also learn to use basic ICT tools like Windows Movie Maker, Microsoft PowerPoint and Publisher. With any technology comes frustration and friction but Media teaches them patience and endurance and gives them secure skills in problem solving and team building.

Teaching Staff
Mrs J Cobb Teacher
Mrs V Middleton Teacher, Head of English and Media Faculty
KS3 Curriculum

Media Studies is not offered at KS3

KS4 Qualifications

All students are entered for the GCSE qualification. Students complete 3 pieces of coursework worth 60% of the qualification. The coursework consists of 2  Textual Analysis essays  that focus on representation of stereo types and connotations of film genres and 1 creative task that tests the students learning as they have to reconstruct a Media text this could be a magazine, a film trailer or a piece of print production. The external examination is worth 40% and is separated into to two equal parts: A textual investigation and a creative task.

KS5 Qualifications

Media Studies is designed to allow media students to draw on their existing experience of the media and to develop their abilities to respond critically to the media. It enables students to explore a wide variety of media, including digital media technologies, drawing on the important ideas informing the study of the media: specifically texts, industry and audiences.

The course also encourages creative work to enable students to gain a greater appreciation of the media through their own production work and to develop their own production skills. At A2 in particular, students are given the opportunity to research a topic which will then form the basis for their production, thus encouraging them to create productions informed by an awareness of contemporary media issues.

SMSC / Enrichment


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