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Media Studies

Key Stage 5-

Media Studies is a popular subject which aims to ask questions about the role the media plays in all our lives.

The course allows students to draw on their own experience of the media and to develop their ability to respond critically to a range of media products and industries. It allows students to investigate a wide variety of media, including digitally based technologies (such as computer games) as well as television, the music industry, films and print media products. Students are taught to draw on the key concepts of media studies to inform their analysis of texts, the industry and audience responses.

The specification also encourages students to engage with, and develop their understanding of, the media through their own production work. Coursework is a popular and successful element of this course, forming 50% of the marks available at AS and A2 levels. Students benefit from access to good quality technical equipment and professional software to enable them to produce high quality production work. At A2 in particular, students are given the opportunity to research a topic which will then form the basis for their production, thus encouraging them to create work that is informed by an understanding of contemporary media issues.

This is an exciting and developing curriculum choice for students and is supported by a suite of Apple Mac computers for research and editing. Additionally they have the support of experienced staff in the classroom.