Media Studies

KS4
Course Specification:


Written Examinations: 40%

Section A: Thinking about the media - Investigating
Four questions: candidates respond to stimulus material chosen from a topic set by WJEC.

Section B: Thinking about the media - Planning
A series of tasks: candidates demonstrate planning and creative skills through a series of creative tasks which demonstrates knowledge of the convergent nature of the contemporary media.

Controlled Assessment: 60%

Three pieces of work from at least two different media:
two textual investigations on two different media areas [one must be print-based] (20%) and
one media production consisting of research, planning, the production itself and an evaluation of the production (40%).

Outline of Course:
In Media you will study a range of Media forms such as film, television, magazines, newspapers, radio, websites and advertising. You will be expected to engage on an analytical level, exploring how and why texts have been constructed in this way. Likewise, you will be allowed to create your own media forms, utilising your creative skills to demonstrate genre conventions.
The main submission is a ‘Production’ of your choice, researching similar products, carefully planning and preparing and finally creating your own design. Previosu examples have included: Film Posters, Music Videos, Magazines, Film Trailers etc.

This course is for those people who have strong analytical skills and can carefully deconstruct texts. Students will be able to respond in detail using a range of new Media terminology. Likewise, students will be able to use their creative skills to create new products, utilising their ICT skills to create high quality texts.

This course is excellent in preparation for the study of Media at Sixth Form and beyond. Students find that the course links well to their ICT and English skills as well as Design and Photography. A large percentage of our students go on to study Media at A-Level and many have gone on to University level study. Careers in the media, such as journalism, producing and editing, are all supported by this course.
 

Sixth Form Courses

This course will appeal to those students who:

  • Enjoy reading a wide variety of media texts
  • Have an interest in researching the historical, social, cultural, political and economic influences which have shaped the development and understanding of media texts
  • Have an ability to work independently or as part of a group
  • Wish to be actively engaged with media texts in order to develop informed personal responses.
  • Would like to study a subject which offers a wide range of career opportunities

The nature of Media Studies as a subject makes it an ideal vehicle to assist candidates in developing skills in communication, Information Technology and teamwork. Written and oral work throughout the course will also encourage students to be effective and persuasive communicators. As a result, this subject is fundamental in preparing students for many careers including Journalism and Public Relations, Television and Radio Work, Personnel and Marketing.