Media Studies

Key Stage 4

What will my child learn in Media Studies?

Students will learn about influence of the media in today’s society. They will study a range of media such as magazines, newspapers, web pages, radio, television and film.

Students will learn about different genres of TV and Film. They will learn how different types of media affect audiences.

Students will also learn how to analyse how different types of media are put together and how to make their own e.g a music magazine or radio programme.

How is Media Studies taught?

Students are set many written and oral tasks, some of which will be prepared in class and some of which will be prepared at home.

Much of the work will be done on the computer. Students will use a variety of media including television, video and websites. They will have the opportunity to design magazine front covers and taking photographs. Students will gain valuable skills analysing film and television sequences.

How is Media Studies assessed?

Unit 1 – Investigating the Media Written exam with some drawing (storyboarding)

Unit 2 – Understanding the Media Three Controlled Assessments (Practical production and analysis)

Key Stage 5

What will my child learn in A-Level Media Studies

The media touches every aspect of our modern lives, from the films we watch to the magazines we read. If you want to gain an inside knowledge of how and why the media manipulates information, this is the subject for you. Students will have the opportunity to learn:

How film, TV and magazines convey messages, both hidden and open
How audiences use the media, and how they can be affected by what they watch or read
How large media industries work with smaller ones to make a lot of money
How to make media products of your own in print, TV or film formats.

The AS/A2 course is assessed through a combination of coursework and written examination. The skills you learn here will change the way you look at media products forever, opening up a rich choice of both media and non-media related careers.