Media Studies is an engaging and developing subject which tackles and explores an ever evolving subject matter. Within our courses we offer a unique insight into the wider media landscape, with Key Stage 4 and 5 content delving into a diverse range of platforms and subject areas.
Students will gain an immersive experience, through a mixture of theoretical and practical exploration. As a department we look to continually refresh and update lessons in order for students to be able to explore the contextual media landscape.
Key Stage 4
What is GCSE Media all about?
Media Studies is concerned with understanding the ways in which the media works and how this information and entertainment is communicated to its audience. It also aims to help you learn to develop the skills to use the media effectively to communicate your own ideas. How are media texts targeted at particular audiences and how do they respond? To what extent does the media attempt to influence its audience – how? And why? Across the GCSE study we will look to unpick and answer some of these key questions.
What topics will I cover?
As a Media Studies student you will study a number of media texts from a range of different platforms. The speicification will allow learners to explore a variety of media platforms, including: Film, Advertising, News Media (Online and Print), Music video, Magazine, and radio production. Alongside these key areas of learning, students will have the chance to create a practical coursework product.
You will also be trained in the use of media technology; for example the use of digital devices and relevant software to create and manipulate images and the use of video cameras and professional editing software to create your own moving image productions. Media Studies has dedicated classrooms in G block equipped with 23 PCs and the Adobe Creative Suite package of professional media software.
How am I assessed?
- Controlled Assessment/Creating Media: 30% of the final grade is gained through completion of Non Examines Assessment (Coursework), a new brief is released each year. In the past this section of study has included the creation of; music videos, television products and magazine productions.
- Examination: 70% of the final grade is assessed in two examined units undertaken at the end of the course. Students will explore media concepts on products within the industry ranging from news broadcasts to advertising and marketing.
Examination Board: OCR
Please speak with Mr O’Connor for further information
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Maps*
*There are some small adjustments to the curriculum sequence of Key Stage 4 classes to reflect the number of teachers per group and their respective specialisms
Key Stage 5 Curriculum Maps
To access the Super Curriculum for this subject please visit the Super Curriculum page HERE