We aim to give students a wider knowledge and understanding of the world around them and how it is presented to them via the media. We encourage critical thinking, independent analysis, and creativity in exploring media texts and media issues, looking at how the media shapes as well as reflects society, culture, history and politics.
Key Stage 3 - Year 9 Media Studies
Key Stage 3 Media students will study various mass and new media industries and forms such as Television, Advertising, Social Media, Film, Broadcast News and Newspapers, Music Videos, and Video Games, focusing on the key areas of:
Students will have the opportunity to create a variety of practical projects to demonstrate their understanding including print advertising campaigns, short films, newspaper articles, websites, and design documents for video games.
Key Stage 4 - Media Studies GCSE
A GCSE in media studies enables students to:
Current set texts include contemporary and historical television crime drama, film promotion, franchising and video games, music magazines, music videos,radio, and contemporary and historical news organisations.
Students will also be assessed on their practical and creative skills by creating a media product to fulfil a specific brief. This gives students the opportunity to demonstrate skill, knowledge and understanding and create a finished media product from a range of options including print (magazine & photography) video (music video, television extract) and online multimedia (website, social media campaign).
Key Stage 5 - A Level Film Studies
A Level Film Studies aims to introduce students to a wide range and variety of films from different times, cultures, and contexts. Students will gain a wider understanding and appreciation for film as a powerful and culturally significant medium, exploring its role as an emotional, aesthetic, narrative and ideological art form.
Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge & understanding of;
Students will also learn how to apply knowledge and understanding of film through creating a range of practical productions including short films, screenplays, and storyboards.
Students who study media and film often go on to study Photography, Advertising & Marketing, Film Production and academic film and media studies. The academic and critical analysis skills in Media & Film Studies will aid students studying humanities courses such as History or English Literature.