The mass media is one of the world-changing phenomena of the last 100 years. In Britain it is almost impossible to avoid: TV or radio in every room in the house, home computers connected to the Internet, magazines and newspapers on the doormat, posters on the local bus shelter advertising the latest movies at the local multiplex.
It seems that the mass media not only reflect our attitudes and values, they also help to shape them. How they do that, why they do that, and the effect that has on individuals, communities and cultures, are issues at the heart of Media Studies.
The course is endorsed by Eduquas, formerly WJEC and is 70% exam and 30% Non-Examined Assessment/ Coursework. This is in response to an exam board brief which will require students to create two original linked texts from moving image, print or E.media.
The exam will require students to study a range of set texts from adverting, news, magazines and television. It will also focus on the Media Industries of music, film, radio and gaming.
In Media Studies at both levels we assess and analyse a range of different media products, across the worlds of radio, TV, film, new media and print. We investigate the larger businesses responsible for giving us our daily media fix, and the nature of media consumption by different audiences.
We also learn how the media tries to manipulate its audience through the use of particular kinds of language, and we learn to use those tools for ourselves in producing our own original media products.
The department has organised trips to The Bradford museum of film and photography, The BBC, IMAX and the BBFC in London.
Key Stage 5
Please view our Sixth Form Courses Booklet for more information about this subject in Sixth Form.
|A Level Coursework - music video and website for a new music artist - Olivia Wood||Visit website|
|A Level Coursework - trailer and website for a new television series - Beth Duerden||Visit website|
|A Level Coursework - marketing materials for a new music artist - Holly Moroney||Visit website|
|A Level Website for a new Television series - Harry Harper||Visit website|
|A Level Website and mini trailers for a new television series - Megan Lloyd||Visit website|
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