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Media Studies

Media is a contemporary and interactive subject, which encourages students to develop their creative, analytical, research, and communication skills, through exploring a range of media forms and perspectives. Media Studies is taught through units to show how the media is relevant to student lives and for the opportunities, it provides for exploring contemporary issues in creative and practical ways.

Assessments are clear and well-structured, making it clear to see how progress is made across the course. Students will enjoy the variety of question styles, which include multiple choice, short and extended answer. Students have the opportunity to create media products, which they can be truly proud of including Music videos, magazine covers, movie trailers and podcasts.  

Coursework (Non Examined Coursework) - 30%
Examinations (2 Papers) - 70%

Assessment Objectives for GCSEs

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The theoretical framework of media
  • Contexts of media and their influence on media products and processes

AO2: Analyse media products using the theoretical framework of media, including in relation to their contexts, to make judgements and draw conclusions.

AO3: Create media products for an intended audience, by applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework of media to communicate meaning.

Topics Covered at all Levels

Theoretical framework refers to the ideas that surround different theories on the nature, purpose, production, use and impact of media products- the TV, radio, social media, films, computer games, magazines, newspapers, music and platform devices that form media consumption in society in the 21st Century.  

As the course progresses this framework will allow us to investigate the media in ways that link all of these different elements together. We can then begin to make sense of media products by looking at the audience that consumes them and the way that this happens- the platforms we use, the 24/7 media.

Media Language/ Representation and Identity: Recognising and applying key Media language, understanding & applying codes and conventions of movies, newspapers & magazines.

Audiences /Institutions: Who are certain products geared towards? Do producers have any idea of who consumes their products?  Who are these major institutions as well their intention in relation to what we watch and see and consume?

Assessment objectives for A-Level

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of

  • The theoretical framework of media.
  • Contexts of media and their influence on media products processes.

AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework of media to:

  • Analyse media products, including in relation to their contexts and with academic theories.
  • Evaluate academic ideas and arguments.
  • Make judgements and draw conclusions.

A03: Create cross- media products for an intended audience, by applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework of media to communicate meaning.

Department Member

Mr Hamilton - Subject Teacher