The media studies department offers a wide range of multimedia learning opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to study cross media platforms including film and video, print, video games, radio and web design.
At the end of the course students will be effective critical thinkers and communicators, skilled in the development, analysis and production of 21st Century media texts.
The GCSE is comprised of three units:
Production portfolio (30%): Controlled assessment. Learners will produce a portfolio containing an assignment and a production exercise based on at least 2 texts.
Examination Unit (40%): 1 hour 45 minutes, written examination. The examination requires students to write analysing the filming techniques employed within a short section of film and also to answer on a prepared media topic.
Group production portfolio (30%): Controlled assessment. This can be individual or as part of a larger group (5 maximum) to produce a major practical production in response to set briefs.
For details of our Key Stage 5 curriculum, please see our Sixth Form prospectus.
An A level will allow a student to follow a wide range of courses at university, both theoretical and practical in nature. If they chose to embark on a media career and enter employment in that field, the practical experience they will have gained and their knowledge and familiarity with real-world production strategies will be highly valued by employers. There is also a weekly Coursework club after school where pupils can receive more personal support for their work as well as an opportunity to 'catch up' on any work missed.
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