Media plays a central role in contemporary society and culture. As new technologies evolve, we are constantly exposed to different forms of media: it both surrounds and engulfs us in our everyday lives. Through the teaching of Media Studies, we aim to foster an understanding of the power of the media in modern society and inspire pupils to become critical, creative thinkers with the ability to express themselves through a range of mediums.
In lessons, pupils are given the opportunity to explore this ever-changing industry by studying a wide range of traditional, digital and social media forms. Pupils are encouraged to become critical thinkers with an appreciation of how different media can shape and define the world around us. Through in-depth and detailed analysis of different media, including film, television, radio, newspapers, magazines, computer games, music videos and social media, pupils gain an invaluable insight and a critical perspective of the influence of the media.
This creative and though-provoking subject is underpinned by the application of theoretical ideas and approaches expressed through the use of media language, enabling pupils to not only respond to the word around them, but to proactively and productively shape it.
The theoretical course is balanced with practical application in the form of coursework (worth 30% of the final grade). Pupils will work independently to produce an original piece of media by responding to an assigned brief. This can be in one of a number of media forms: music video, TV/film production, film poster and DVD cover design, website design. Media Studies offers both theoretical and practical application whilst developing transferrable skills which are invaluable in a diverse, modern and constantly changing world.
GCSE Media Studies uses the English branch of the WJEC exam board, Eduqas. The course covers a very broad range of media products and platforms. This enables pupils to gain an insight into a wide variety of different forms of media.
Pupils use the acronym LIAR to focus on the four key areas of study throughout the course which underpin Components A and B: media language; media industries; audiences; and representations.
Pupils look beyond the media platform itself by studying and analysing the historical context of each product and its effect and influence over its audience. Pupils’ analysis and written work is deepened by the specific use of media language which highlights their understanding of technical codes and strengthens their understanding of the media’s influence and reflection of society.
The key focus area of industry explores the business side of the media by looking into the machinery behind the scenes of everyday media products. This gives pupils a new insight and fresh perspective on media platforms they are both familiar with and are new to.
The key area of representation focusses pupils on how groups, individuals and products are shown to the world. This area of study is often very powerful to the pupils as it begins to explain how and why the media can, both positively and negatively, influence our opinions on groups, individuals and products.
Each key area of study is underpinned by theory. This enables pupils to apply theoretical approaches to the products and platforms being studied and offers pupils a detailed and insightful view into the media product and platform.
Component 1; Sections A and B – past paper questions and mark schemes used. Coursework completed in Summer term – continually monitored and assessed.
Both exam components covered in full: Component 1; Sections A and B; Component 2: Sections A and B. Past paper questions and mark schemes used.
Journalism, radio, design – both tradition and digital, animation, computer game design and production, TV, film, website design, photography, advertising, publishing, editing.