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Media Studies

Staff within the Department

Mr. A. McHale - Head of Department

M.A. (Cantab) English

Mr. P. Curran - Media Teacher and Head of Computer Science

BSc Media Production

Ms. J. Cupial-Jones - Media Teacher

M.A. Journalism and Media Studies

This is an exciting course which offers students a chance, whatever their background, to do something different. Students will study the products, practices and institutions of the media; Cinema, TV, the Internet, Newspapers, Magazines, Radio and the associated media worlds of Advertising, Photography and Music. They will develop skills in analysis and theory-based knowledge, and be required to produce media artefacts such as magazine features, videos or photostories. They will have the opportunity to use a variety of media equipment such as –

* Digital still cameras

* Digital Video cameras

* I Macs for digital video editing

Curriculum

KS4

Students can take Media Studies as an option in Year 9, wherein they will complete the AQA GCSE. The qualification is weighted towards exams, but also contains coursework, which students will complete throughout the three years.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 9

Key concepts: Language, Audience, Representations, Institutions

Magazines

Moving Image

Newspapers

Web-based Media

Music Promotion

Advertising and Marketing

Film Promotion

Year 10

Key Concepts revision and application

Understanding the Media

Assignment 1 Introduction to the Media

Understanding the Media

Assignment 2  Cross-media Study

Year 11

Understanding the Media assignment 3 Practical Production and Evaluation

Investigating the Media (Exam)Set Topic TV Game and Quiz shows

Examination practice

 

We follow the AQA Media Studies specification. You can find more information about it here.

Enrichment activities to do at home

If students are keen to progress in their Media education outside of school, the following would be useful:

  • Watch a television show and make notes on how different people or places are represented.
  • Start a YouTube channel and practice making your own films.
  • Research the companies that manage your favourite TV channels, musicians or games. What else do they own?

KS5

Students can take Media as an option for years 12 and 13. We run the AQA Media Studies course. The qualification is evenly split between coursework and a written exam at the end of both years.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

Key concepts: Forms, Representations, Institutions, Audiences

MEST 2 Creating Media : Cross-Media Production

MEST 1 Investigating Media: Unseen text and Cross-Media Studies

Year 13

Wider contexts and Critical theory

MEST 4: Critical Investigation and Linked Production

MEST 3: Critical Perspectives (Exam)

 

We follow the AQA Media Studies specification. You can find more information about it here.

Enrichment activities to do at home

If students are keen to progress in their Media education outside of school, the following would be useful:

  • Investigate the way a particular group is offered identity by media publications. What are they permitted and not permitted to wear, do, or say?
  • Investigate which institutions own the newspapers in the UK. What else do they own?
  • Start a YouTube channel and practice making your own films.

Enrichment Activities and Trips

Visits to Guardian Newsroom (writing and editing own newspaper front page)

Visits to Sky TV (writing, shooting and editing own TV news feature)

Cinema screenings as part of Into Film Festival

 

 

Career Paths

Journalist

Broadcaster

Marketing

Public relations

Advertising

Website manager

Editor

Teacher