Media

Department Information

GCSE (One Year Course 2016-17):

Year 11

Taking as its focus the mass media of cinema, television, radio, newspapers, advertising and new media technologies GCSE Media Studies is an exciting and challenging subject which encourages students to critically engage with and evaluate a broad range of media products.

Students taking GCSE media studies will develop the skills necessary to:

  • Analyse media texts
  • Understand how and by whom they are produced
  • Explore issues of media ownership
  • Appreciate how new technologies are changing the way we consume media

The media is considered in terms of form and content, language, representation, institution and audience. Students have the opportunity to discuss and write about their experiences of, and personal responses to the media.

Learning activities

Learning in Media Studies involves a wide range of innovative and engaging learning methods and teaching approaches. Students will learn a theoretical understanding of the subject, through engaging with existing media texts, before embarking on their own practical application of skills, to create their own media texts.

Students will:

  • Engage with and analyse all forms of media
  • Be given the opportunity to work in teams to create media artefacts
  • Work individually on the practical application of their skills
  • Learn Photoshop
  • Develop skills in using media technology
  • Make use of the available photographic and equipment
  • Evaluate their own work and the work of others

Media Literacy

Through Media literacy students will develop their critical thinking skills and understand how media messages shape our culture and society. In addition, students will learn the skills to evaluate media messages based on their own experiences and to create and distribute their own productions.

Assessment

All students will be assessed by:

Controlled Assessments 60% of the overall grade

  • Genre – investigating genre and a print text of students’ choice
  • Representation – investigating representation in a chosen crime drama
  • Productions – producing magazine covers and contents using Adobe Photoshop. Students will also research, plan and evaluate all work undertaken.

Examination 40% of the overall grade

The examination is in June each year and will have questions related to topics specified by WJEC. The exam is 2hr 30mins and is in two sections:

Section A students will be assessed on their analytical skills and their knowledge of case studies

Section B students will be assessed on their creative skills.

GCSE (Two Year Course)

Year 10

Taking as its focus the mass media of cinema, television, radio, newspapers, advertising and new media technologies GCSE Media Studies is an exciting and challenging subject which encourages students to critically engage with and evaluate a broad range of media products.

Students taking GCSE media studies will develop the skills necessary to:

  • Analyse media texts
  • Understand how and by whom they are produced
  • Explore issues of media ownership
  • Appreciate how new technologies are changing the way we consume media

The media is considered in terms of form and content, language, representation, institution and audience. Students have the opportunity to discuss and write about their experiences of, and personal responses to the media.

Learning activities

Learning in Media Studies involves a wide range of innovative and engaging learning methods and teaching approaches. Students will learn a theoretical understanding of the subject, through engaging with existing media texts, before embarking on their own practical application of skills, to create their own media texts.

Students will:

  • Engage with and analyse all forms of media
  • Be given the opportunity to work in teams to create media artefacts
  • Work individually on the practical application of their skills
  • Learn Photoshop
  • Develop skills in using media technology
  • Make use of the available photographic and equipment
  • Evaluate their own work and the work of others

Media Literacy

Through Media literacy students will develop their critical thinking skills and understand how media messages shape our culture and society. In addition, students will learn the skills to evaluate media messages based on their own experiences and to create and distribute their own productions.

Assessment

All students will be assessed by:

Controlled Assessments 60% of the overall grade

  • Genre – investigating genre and a print text of students’ choice
  • Representation – investigating representation in a chosen crime drama
  • Productions – producing magazine covers and contents using Adobe Photoshop. Students will also research, plan and evaluate all work undertaken.

Year 11

Learning activities

Students also increase focus on exam skills during their second year. This includes skills such as analysing texts, understanding media organisations and structure. This also includes creating the media for Section B of the exam. For 2017-18 the topic is TV News and News Websites.

Assessment

All students will be assessed by:

Examination 40% of the overall grade

The examination is in June each year and will have questions related to topics specified by WJEC. The exam is 2hr 30mins and is in two sections:

Section A students will be assessed on their analytical skills and their knowledge of case studies

Section B students will be assessed on their creative skills.

 

Departmental Staff

 

Support Your Child – Useful links and advice

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/overview/about/digitalliteracy.shtml

http://mediaed.org.uk/

http://media.edusites.co.uk/article/media-studies-apps/

http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/media-studies/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/ztnygk7

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