- To enable pupils to reach their full potential.
- To enable students to explore media texts with confidence and knowledge.
- To create their own media texts and have the choice to follow, extend or challenge conventions.
- To develop an interest in the richness of all areas of media output.
- To give pupils experience of a wide range of media texts.
- To provoke and stimulate a sense of personal and social awareness and an ability to empathise with others.
- To encourage pupils to be both self-critical and aware of the media in the wider context.
- To make pupils aware that skills developed in Media Studies have a vital contribution to make their work across the whole curriculum and to life outside school, including the workplace.
GCSE AQA media studies
Unit 1: Investigating the Media
- Written Examination Paper
- 1 hour 30 mins – 60 marks – 40%
- The subject for examination in 2013 - The Music Press.
- Material for the examination will be released one month before exam.
Unit 2: Understanding the Media 90 marks – 60%
- Controlled Assessment will comprise of three assignments: Introductory assignment (Print media);
- Assignment (Film trailer & marketing); Practical Production and Evaluation.
BTEC Creative Media Production
BTEC Creative Media Production offers a practical approach that can be lacking in more traditional routes, by applying learning to real life situations. Students have to undertake a number of units for which they present evidence
based on actual work and studies. This allows them to demonstrate their skills and knowledge. Assessment is 100% course work based.
BTEC Level 2 First (Single)
This course is offered to Key Stage 4 students, starting in Year 10. The following units are covered over a two-year period: Research for Creative Media Production, Communication techniques for Creative Media Production, and a choice from Video Production, Print Production and/or Advertising Production.
BTEC Level 3 Nationals (Double or Single)
This course is offered to students aged 16 upwards. Some of the units covered over a two-year period include: Research techniques for the Creative Media Industries, Production management projects, Film & Video Editing Techniques, Television & Film Studies, Music Video Production, Stop Motion Animation Production and Advertisement Production for Television.
OCR A Level media studies
Students will undertake the production of a media text; such as a magazine. (COURSEWORK)
Students will study TV Drama and gain an understanding of textual analysis and representations and learn how to analyse texts unseen. (EXAMINATION)
Students will also study a particular media industry e.g. the music business. (EXAMINATION)
Students will produce a media portfolio comprising of one major production and two related productions. (COURSEWORK)
Using current theory students will critically evaluate their productions and undertake a study of contemporary media issues; such as post modernism and computer games, film and pop video. (EXAMINATION)