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Ashmole
Academy

Media Studies

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.

Curriculum

At KS5 students have the opportunity to study A Level Media Studies with AQA.  The course is split with 50% of the marks awarded for coursework and 50% for an end of year examination.  AS 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.  A2 Media Studies 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.

Extra-curricular

Students are given the opportunity to attend Film Club, where they can learn more about the media and film industry.  The focus is on exploring different film genres and directors, as well as teaching students about the technical elements of film making.