Media Studies has become an ever more popular and relevant subject in the context of modern society. The mass media wields an important influence on our everyday lives and can have a tremendous impact on many decisions that we take. This subject offers students the opportunity to combine a theoretical understanding of the mass media with the development of practical skills for media production. The balance of theory and practical work means that students learn about how media industries operate, research and investigate issues and debates about the role of the media in society, and analyse texts from a variety of media.
Key Stage 4
Students in Years 10 and 11 currently follow the AQA syllabus. This is assessed both by coursework (60% weighting) and an externally set examination (40%), based on a pre-release case study that changes every year. Previous topics have included: Computer Games, The Music Press, Action Adventure Film and TV Comedy. The coursework component requires students to undertake two pre-production assignments as well as a practical production task.
Students are involved in:
- Close analysis of media texts (film, websites, magazine articles)
- Production (video, digital, radio and e-media)
- Participating in discussions and making presentations, with a varying emphasis on class, individual and group work.
Key Stage 5
Students in Years 12 and 13 currently follow the AQA AS and A2 specification. The full A Level comprises of four units, with equal weighting given to coursework and external assessment. Students learn how to analyse media texts and take a critical look at aspects of the modern media landscape across three platforms (broadcast, print and e-media).
At AS, candidates investigate the media in order to understand and evaluate how meanings and responses are created
At A2, candidates are encouraged to demonstrate, develop and formulate their understanding of the media and its influential role in today's society as well as debating major contemporary media issues.