Media Studies enables the students to explore a wide variety of media, including digital media technologies, drawing on the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media: texts, industry and audiences. It is now part of the Applied Learning Area and in common with the other subjects in that area (ICT, Media, DT and Food), it is a very relevant and up-to-date subject that really helps to equip students for the world beyond Wyedean.
Key Stage 3
Media Studies is not taught at Key Stage 3. However, there are a number of opportunities for students to get a taste of what Media Studies is through their English lessons. Students will also complete media-related activities on their Flexible Learning Days in Year 9 and a cross-curricular advertising project with Business Studies and ICT.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Media Studies is made up of two modules:
Unit 1 - Thinking About the Media: Investigating and Planning (40%). Students explore a topic set by the exam board and carry out creative tasks which demonstrate understanding of the convergent nature of contemporary media.
Unit 2 - Creating for the Media: Investigating and Producing (60%). Students complete three Controlled Assessments.
Key Stage 5
AS Media Studies - 50% coursework, 50% exam. Students study genre, narrative, representation and audiences in their theory lessons. Understanding of these concepts and theories are demonstrated through pre-production, production and evaluation tasks.
A2 Media Studies - 50% coursework, 50% exam. Students study three media industries in depth and complete three pieces of coursework.
Students are encouraged to engage with the media as often as possible and some students have set up their own film study clubs where they meet up regularly to watch films and discuss them. We are currently establishing links with local businesses and media companies which we hope to lead onto opportunities for students to experience the use of the media outside the classroom.