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A High Performing Specialist Academy for Technology & Applied Learning

Courses Offered

The Team: Mrs Seys (Head of Department) and Miss L Angell (Assistant Head of Department)

Dept. website: www.screenagers.mefor promotional material and exemplar student work

Key Stage 4


Studying Media Studies allows students to critically investigate the changing popular cultural landscape.  They will study a vast range of media products, and also have opportunities to design and create Media products for themselves.

The course is 60% coursework, which is split into three topics:

  • Magazine and the Magazine Industry
  • The Music Industry – advancements in new technology
  • The Film Industry – particularly Film Trailer production.

Students will sit a 90 minute exam worth 40% at the end of Year 11.  This will be based around a pre-released topic.  The topic for 2016 is Science Fiction. 

Home Learning

Students will be expected to complete, on a weekly basis, tasks of the following nature: Analysis of Media products, research into Media Institutions and keeping up to date with breaking stories and shifts in the Media landscape.

These should be approximately 30 minutes in length.

Students are advised to regularly look at the following useful websites:

How Parents can Help Students

It would be very useful to the students if they had computer access, internet access and printing facilities.  Parents could encourage their children to watch the news regularly and discuss current events.  It would be helpful if parents discussed the impact of Media on their lives, and analysed technological developments that have enabled mass Media to continue to grow.

We want to enable the critical aspects of students' minds, so any discussion that encourages them to analyse and deconstruct Media will benefit them greatly.

Who is the course suitable for?

This course can appeal to those with Arts, Humanities, or Science/Technology backgrounds.  Some love the practical coursework; others enjoy looking deeply at Films and Advertising.  Some enjoy work on Journalism, others on issues about Television.  We look at solid issues and culture today, from lifestyles to attitudes to propaganda . There is much lively discussion.

Key Stage 5

A Level - AQA

AS: Year 1, Unit 1 “Investigating The Media” (50% of AS course)

We look at many media texts, asking who made them, why and for whom; newspaper and magazine front pages, advertisements, film trailers and extracts, TV excerpts, documentaries, digital web-based media, and so on.  We “take them to pieces” - developing a grasp of media aims and techniques and industries. There is an UNSEEN exam, an analysis of a print or moving image text together with one ESSAY question based on topics studied about today’s media.

AS: Year 1, Unit 2 “Creating Media” (50% of AS)

This is the practical production coursework module, and is linked to work we cover in Unit 1 topics. You will be creating 2 media products from a choice of 3, covering moving image, digital media or print. The production of film trailers or excerpts, or of magazine materials, or of campaigning videos or leaflets, are popular choices. Video, photography, audio, desktop PC publishing - can all be used. The Media Studio and the additional Media Studies Suite provide excellent resources. A written evaluation of both your Media productions is worth 20% of this paper.

A2: Year 2, Unit 3: Critical Perspectives (50% of A2 exam)

This is like Unit 1, only more advanced. You’ll be asked to analyse an unseen text, which could be print or AVA or an example of e-media (web page, podcast etc). You will then have 3 questions to answer on this material in 45 minutes. There will be a further 45 minutes to write one exam essay based on topics studied in class featuring the 3 media platforms which underpin the course: e-media, broadcasting and print.  At A2, media issues are debated, such as the impact of New Media in the digital age.

A2: Year 2, Unit 4: Research and Production (50% Coursework)

Coursework at A2 is a synoptic unit where students will build on their skills from AS to investigate a media theme/text in more depth. Students research a topic of their choice, and write a 2000 word investigation on it.  They must then use their practical production skills to produce a linked practical production.  For example; a student investigating gender representation in soap operas could produce a linked piece of filming of the opening sequence for an episode of a new soap opera.  We will help you, but YOU do the research for this and gather material.  

 What courses or employment can you progress on to?

There are many Media courses at university level.  Some are very creative, others more technical, others more social/political.  This broad subject offers many careers, which include journalism, management, advertising and marketing, market research, TV/film/radio director or specialist, public relations, website manager, publicist. The analytical and evaluative skills that are developed in Media Studies are generally well valued in all university courses.

Resources for Media Studies are extensive.  We have our own digital video cameras and stills cameras.  We have a new Media Studio plus editing room to supplement the existing Media Studio.

Our students have attended live studio recordings in London.  We go on a trip to either Los Angeles or New York every 2 years.

 At the 'Oscars' evening we celebrate students' practical work in an informal way each July.

Contact: HOD: Mrs Seys

Phone: 01276 457600


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