Key Stage 4
At GCSE students study a number of areas of the media including Print (magazines, newspapers and comics), Advertising (moving image, viral and print) and Movie trailers (genres, narratives and conventions). There are also opportunities to investigate Television, Games and the Music Industry as well.
Assessment for Media Studies GCSE is currently 60% Controlled Assessment and 40% Exam. The exam topic changes each year and is gives students the opportunity to show their knowledge and understanding as well as showcase their creative and communication skills.
- 2016 Science Fiction Films
- 2015 Broadcast Television News
- 2014 Video Games
- 2013 Music Publishing: Magazines and Online
- 2012 Television Crime Drama
- 2011 Action Adventure Films
- 2010 Reality Television
Key Stage 5
In A level Media Studies students develop skills in film production, music videos, image manipulation, social media, marketing and advertising. They work individually and in teams on practical projects which in AS focusses of making the opening and title sequence for a film new fiction film and at A2 a music video and other promotional artefacts for an unsigned band or artiste.
In parallel to this students learning about the major theories which underpin the media including the relationship between media institutions and audiences, the representations of different groups in society, the social, historical, economical and political impact of media and how it reflects and re-presents society.
Studying media develops student independence and creativity, it enhances their technical skills, improves their analytical writing and understanding of the modern world and is of course always changing, always current and highly relevant to modern life.