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Media Studies

Media Studies is a successful and popular subject which students can opt to study at both GCSE and A-Level and is taught by Mrs Lee and Mrs Rashbrook-Nicholls.  The subject covers a broad range of different Media platforms and products and provides students with an insight in to how the media play a central role in contemporary society and culture. Media has a real relevance and importance in our lives today, providing us with ways to communicate, with forms of cultural expression and the ability to participate in key aspects of society. The economic importance of the media is also unquestionable. The media industries employ large numbers of people worldwide and operate as commercial industries on a global scale. As a department, we encourage students to pursue Media Studies at college, university or to seek employment in this ever-growing industry.  The courses at both GCSE and A-Level also give students an opportunity to create their own media products; a skill which is invaluable to them in the world of work. The global nature of the contemporary media, coupled with ongoing technological developments and more opportunities to interact with the media, suggest that their centrality in contemporary life can only increase.

Subject Leader: Mrs Lee (nlee@thomasaveling.co.uk)

Key Stage 4 – Media Studies

Exam board: EDUQAS WJEC

Students study a range of media forms in terms of a theoretical framework which consists of media language, representation, media industries and audiences. The following forms are studied in depth: newspapers, television, music video and online, social and participatory media. Advertising and marketing, film, video games, radio and magazines are studied in relation to selected areas of the framework.

Year 9

  • Term 1: Introduction to advertising and marketing
  • Term 2: Introduction to the film industry
  • Term 3: Introduction to magazines
  • Term 4: Introduction to the gaming industry
  • Term 5: Introduction to the TV Industry
  • Term 6: Music video and industry websites

Year 10

  • Term 1: Advertising and marketing
  • Term 2: Film Industry: Spectre/ magazines
  • Term 3: Television: IT Crowd and Friends
  • Term 4: Component 3 (Non-exam assessment)
  • Term 5: Component 3 (Non-exam assessment)
  • Term 6: Revision/ component 3 (Non-exam assessment)

Year 11

  • Term 1: Video Games Industry- Pokémon Go
  • Term 2: Music Video and online and participatory media/ mock exam revision
  • Term 3 Newspapers- The Guardian and The Sun
  • Term 4 Radio- The Archers/ PPE revision
  • Term 5 Revision

Key Stage 5 – A-Level Media Studies (2 year A level)

Exam board: EDUQAS WJEC

Students study a range of media forms in terms of a theoretical framework which consists of media language, representation, media industries and audiences. The following forms are studied in depth through applying all areas of the framework: newspapers, magazines, television, online, social and participatory media. Advertising and marketing, film, music video, radio and video games are studied in relation to selected areas of the framework.

Although GCSE Media Studies provides A-Level students with a good grounding in terms of the key concepts of the Media Studies framework, there is no expectation that students have studied this subject at GCSE in order to progress to A-Level.

Year 12

  • Term 1: Advertising and marketing
  • Term 2: Newspapers/Film Industry
  • Term 3: Music Video/Television/Magazines
  • Term 4: Television/Magazines
  • Term 5: Revision/Component 3 (Non-exam assessment)
  • Term 6: Component 3 (Non-exam assessment)

Year 13

  • Term1: Newspapers (in depth study)
  • Term 2: TV and Magazines
  • Term 3: Video Games/Radio
  • Term 4: Online Magazines/Blogs
  • Term 5: Revision