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Media Studies

Students can choose media studies as an optional subject at key stages 4 and 5. It is a subject that combines both practical and academic learning and allows students of all abilities and skills to achieve.

The media studies department is well resourced with a suite of cutting edge Mac computers, a studio ‘green screen’ and a wide range of high quality camera and video equipment to allow students to develop their creativity and learning is supported by an experienced team of specialist teachers and graduate-level qualified technical staff.

Year 9 Media Studies

In year 9, students learn some basic concepts that underpin the subject and develop skills and creativity in a wide range of practical tasks, such as image manipulation, website design, video and advertising.

GCSE Media Studies

In years 10 and 11, students progress to the OCR GCSE Media Studies course which is a combination of practical and academic work. During practical tasks students will plan and make several pieces of real media, for example a music video and promotional campaign. In addition they will learn about how people are represented in movies and how the TV industry works. The units that make up this qualification are:

  • B321 Individual Media Portfolio (30% of GCSE) – this controlled assessment unit is a combination of a student research, an analytical response to their topic and practical piece. This is completed in the middle of year 10
  • B322 Textual Analysis and Media Studies Topic (40% of GCSE) – in this terminal examination, students respond to set questions about an unseen action adventure video clip and show their understanding of TV comedy audiences and institutions
  • B324 Practical Portfolio (30% of GCSE) – this controlled assessment is completed in year 11 and students learn to research, plan, create and evaluation a large-scale practical production in one of the set briefs, such as creating a music video, advertising campaign or local newspaper

A level Media Studies

Students in the Sixth Form are able to choose to complete the OCR A level in Media Studies. This course allow students to focus on how to produce professional level practical work and consider contemporary issues surrounding media in an online world. While some students will have completed the GCSE Media Studies course, previous experience in media studies is not a necessary entry requirement. The units that make up this qualification are:

AS level (Year 12)

G321 Foundation Production (25% of A level) – in this coursework piece, students completed an extended piece of practical work, publishing research, planning and evaluations online for a sequence of practical tasks in film-making, culminating in students producing an opening sequence to a new movie.

G322 TV Drama and Representation (25% of A level) – in this end of year 12 examination, students answer a question about the representation of characters in an unseen TV Drama sequence and a question on the topic of film institutions and audiences they have studied.

A2 level (Year 13)

G324 Advanced Production (25% of A level) – students build on the skills learned at AS level in this practical tasks that culminates in students producing a package of linked media, such as a music promotional package that includes a music promo video, CD packaging and website homepage.

G325 Contemporary Media Topics (25% of A level) – in this terminal examinations students are required to apply a range of media studies theoretical approaches to a range of questions regarding media production and topics such as the impact of the internet on the media industry and democracy.

Students achieve exceptionally well in both GCSE and Media Studies A levels with results comparing very favourably against national and school norms. Over the past few years we have been very proud of both the results and creative outcomes that students have created, leading to students who have completed the A level course going on to further university study in this sector. In addition, we provide a wide range of opportunities and support that allows students throughout the school to find an outlet for their creative and design skills to a very high standard.

Neil Hutchins
Head of Media Studies