The experience of learning about Media Studies is an important part of a young person’s education and the department strongly believes that the subject makes a unique contribution to the curriculum. Media Studies allows students to reflect upon and explore their place in society in relation to others in the world around them. It takes popular cultural activities and demands that students move away from simple consumption towards a greater understanding of art and culture.
At KS5 students have the opportunity to study A Level Media Studies with OCR. The course is split with 30% of the marks awarded for coursework and 70% for an end of year examination. In Year 12, Media Studies requires students to develop their understanding of the four key media concepts and apply these in their coursework portfolio, as well as applying them in a formal examination. In Year 13, the course requires students to develop a wider conceptual understanding of the media and work independently on coursework and examination tasks.
Grouping & Setting
Media Studies is taught in mixed ability groups.
Students are given the opportunity to be a member of BBC’s ‘The One Show’ audience in Year 12. There are also various opportunities for students to partake in courses given by the BFI, and a number of students have successfully done this. Additionally, there is a weekly media group were students can discuss current media issues and debates that link with their course. As a part of the Enrichment programme, the students complete a project about influential directors.