"Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it."
Media studies explores key issues in the dynamic and fast-moving world of 21st Century mass media in the digital age. Media Studies allows students to reflect upon and explore their place in society in relation to others in the world around them. It takes popular cultural activities and demands that students move away from simple consumption towards a greater understanding of art and culture. Students learn to engage critically with a variety of texts they encounter in their daily lives through different forms of media.
STUDENT LEARNING RESOURCES & GUIDES
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KS4 & KS5 EXAM BOARDS
Key Stage 4
At KS4 we follow the AQA GCSE Media Studies specification. The course is 30% coursework and 70% exam, spread across 9 Media Forms and two papers. The sole NEA coursework is a response to a changing Brief, and represents a single complex project with a Statement of Intent. At the end of Year 11 students are assessed on their ability to recall, adapt and communicate their knowledge of media products, Language, Representations, Industries and Audiences.
The subjects covered within this course are:
The Film Industry (not products)
Marketing and Advertising
This course is perfect for students who are academic and analytical, have a strong interest in Media and would like to develop understanding of a range of Media products and ideas.
Key Stage 5
At KS4 we follow the AQA A Level Media Studies specification. Students will spend their first year developing a range of key theoretical and practical skills of different disciplines such as pre-production, response to Brief and post-production. Students will carry out all the necessary work required to create a fully realised product and the centre has scored outcomes of the highest order against national scores, in the past two years. Students will project manage their webpages, magazines or adverts to a professional standard. In the second year, assessment comprises of a richer and more conceptual set of exams based on a range of Close Study Products selected by the AQA board, along with two complimentary productions.
This course consists of a single NEA 30% coursework response and two externally assessed papers which reflect the 9 Media Industries and concepts, which are extensions on the concepts of KS4: Audience, Representation, Language and Industries.
At KS4 we follow the AQA A Level Film Studies specification. Students will spend the first year developing a range of key theoretical and practical skills in “micro analysis” and exploration of the “macro”, screenwriting and storyboarding, reflection and evaluation. The centre has scored outcomes of the highest order against national scores, in the past two years. Students are required to look at a range of films from US and UK cinema across periods, along with one European text. In the second year, assessment comprises of deeper exploration of Silent Cinema, Documentary and Experimental Forms, along with further Global texts and an extended screenplay or short film.
This course consists of a single NEA 30% coursework response and two externally assessed papers in both AS and A2, which reflect the range of cinema styles, types and industries which have emerged, to elicit a comprehensive appreciation of Film.
MEDIA & FILM WHOLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM CONTRIBUTION
What are the core skills students develop in our subject?
Media Studies and Film develops students skills in recalling, adapting and communicating their knowledge of media products, Language, Representations, Industries and Audiences.
Analytical Autonomy – as the learning journey progresses critical thinking skills should become natural. Students should readily question knowledge and ideas.
Contextual simpatico - as the learning journey progresses, students should find fluid connectivity between texts and their factors, in discernment and explanation.
Synoptic and Critical Evaluative capacity - as the learning journey progresses sociological language should become frequent and more distinguished from tier 2 vocabulary.
Critical creativity - Producing professional artefacts– as the learning journey progresses the solutions developed should become more complex and synoptic.
What are the big ideas in our subject?
Media Studies and Film allows students to reflect upon and explore their place in society in relation to others in the world around them.
How do we ensure we support the development of core skills?
Through repetition level of challenge. The topics covered will give pupils an understanding in a variety of areas.
What motivates and interests our students?
Media and Film takes popular cultural activities and demands that students move away from simple consumption towards a greater understanding of art and culture. Students learn to engage critically with a variety of texts they encounter in their daily lives through different forms of media.
How do we ensure consistency across the key stages?
By making sure that all Key Stages are treated as important. Each key stage should link with the learning being filtered down from top to bottom.