Mrs S Poynter
Media Studies is offered at Key Stage 4 through the BTEC Level 2 qualification, and at Key Stage 5 through AS, A-Level and BTEC Level 3 qualification.
At AS level we begin by studying the key media concepts which underpin the 2 year course. These areas include representation, media institutions, media language, audiences, genre, narrative and ideology. Students also complete a practical coursework project. This is where students have some fun making their own media artefacts, for example a film trailer or a series of magazine advertisements. We have our own digital editing suite, a room equipped with desktop computers and modern editing software.
At A2 level the concepts of audiences and representation are explored in greater detail focusing on case studies, which the students develop themselves. Coursework is again a large part of the course where students are required to produce a 2000 word independent study on a media topic, issue or text of their choice. The practical element must connect to this study and allows the student to work on an area of media they enjoy and excel at.
Level 2 Creative Media BTEC at Key Stage 4 is a wide ranging subject covering many aspects of the media industry, including: print production, marketing, audio production, computer games, research techniques and communicating effectively in a media environment.
Level 3 Creative Media BTEC at Key Stage 5 is an opportunity for students who enjoy media to explore their creative sides and learn more about a diverse and challenging industry. Students have the opportunity to film and edit their own advertisement alongside studying existing media industries, target audiences and the effects of the media on society.
You can find more information on the AQA website, Edexcel BTEC or talk to one of the media teachers.