Media Studies

P1020862The Media Studies department has a team of five specialist teachers.  Lessons take place in a dedicated classroom complete with desktop computers for every student and other facilities include digital camcorders and specialist software to support the production of media texts.  Students are provided with the latest textbooks and materials and will have the opportunity to both study and create media texts of their own from such diverse areas as film promotion, local radio and its audience, film promotion, magazine designs, e-media and moving image advertising.

At GCSE, Media Studies students benefit from guidance and input from colleagues with industry experience.  Students take a public exam at the end of Year 11. 

Media Studies is also popular with A-level students who study documentary film-making, broadcast fiction and undertake their own practical productions and research tasks.  Students have access to a rich variety of resources and are guided individually by a member of the team throughout their studies.

GCSE

Year 10
Unit 2 - Three practical coursework assignments in the following areas:  Magazine production, Film Promotion and Local Radio programming.
Year 11
Unit 1 – A set exam topic to be studied for two terms; students answer a series of short questions testing their understanding of the topic and their production ability.  Typically, exam topics include Reality TV, Action Movies and Television Crime Drama.

Sixth Form

AS
Mest 1 – Students spend the year learning how to ‘read’ media texts in preparation for a response to unseen stimulus material in the public exam.
Mest 2 – Students plan, produce and evaluate a media text of their own.  These typically include newspapers, magazines, websites and even film trailers.
A2
Mest 3
– Students are given a pre-set topic area to investigate, such as the concept of representation in the media or digital and new media forms, and will answer an essay-style exam question on this.  They will also respond to an unseen stimulus in this exam.
Mest 4 – Students undertake and complete a research task and linked production piece on an area of the media they are interested in.  Students have a largely free hand in choosing what they wish to research and studies have included such diverse areas as moral panics, press freedom, the representation of women in glossy magazines, the films of Shane Meadows and press treatment of climate change.