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Media

The school values of Unite, Innovate and Persevere are at the heart of the curriculum as media studies allows all students to discuss complex issues in a supportive environment, develop a range of transferable skills that will prepare them for employment and engagements in the wider community and to develop practical skills that can be used in the media industry and beyond. 

The Media department is passionate and committed to the importance of media and films, regarding them as uniquely complex texts requiring the ability to process visual and auditory information, along with narrative and character development. The subject allows students to explore all areas of the media industry and how it is fundamental in shaping how we view the world. 

The curriculum covers a broad range of media areas such as the news, radio, social media, the music industry, television drams, magazines, and film. Core British values are included in all elements of media studies but are focused on in substantial detail in newspapers, online news, and social media. The course encourages students to engage with broad social, historical, cultural, and political contexts through the media products studied. 

The course includes media specific terminology and theory, this knowledge is then applied to a wider range of set texts. Students are taught to learn how to effectively evaluate and communicate if a text is biased, or if it portrays cultural stereotypes.  

The subject also aims to promote and develop transferable creative and technical skills through a range of software. This allows students to build on their time management skills, technical ability, problem solving and organisation. Alongside the creative elements, the course also covers how new technology has an impact on a range of texts to prepare students for future employment in the media industry.  

The qualification we study for at GCSE is OCR J200 (Unit 1: Television & Promoting Media. Unit 2: Music & news).

Events/Trips/Visits:

The department are always looking to provide trips and, if possible, work experience placements in any potential media-related industry.

Online resources:

  • BBC Bitesize – Covers key concepts and revision guides
  • YouTube - clips, playlist and breakdown of media theory
  • Weebly – online digital hub for revision and key notes
  • SAM Learning – revision quizzes and assessment
  • The Paperboy – archives of UK newspaper

Career Links:

Animator, Broadcast journalist, Broadcast presenter, Digital marketer, Film director, Film/video editor, Freelance designer/photographer, Games developer, Graphic designer, Lighting technician, Magazine editor, Magazine journalist, Newspaper journalist, Press photographer, Programme researcher, Radio broadcast assistant, Radio producer, Runner, Set designer,  Sound technician, broadcasting/film/video, Television floor manager, Web designer, Writer.