What is special about this subject?
We are surrounded by media – films, television, magazines, websites – and its influence on us is immense. The media is used by the powerful to exert influence and control. However, it has also sparked a creative revolution as more and more people are taking ownership and becoming media producers themselves, on social platforms such as YouTube and Twitter.
This is a creative and analytical subject, which explores the relationship between media and society. Students will deconstruct films, television programmes, websites, computer games, newspapers and magazines as well as public relations campaigns and advertising.
This subject also teaches the skills needed to design effective media products, such as magazines and websites.
We are a department with a track record of success at both GCSE and A-Level.
GCSE Media Studies (OCR):
B321 – Individual Portfolio (Controlled Assessment – 30%)
In this unit, students will write an essay, comparing the representation of gender in two music videos. Students will then make their own music magazine covers and content.
B324 – Production Portfolio (Controlled Assessment – 30%)
In this unit, students design their own video game covers, researching the codes and conventions of their chosen genre.
B322 – Textual Analysis (Written Examination – 40%)
Students prepare for an examination, where they analyse action-adventure films and TV comedies, considering topics such as genre, audience and representation.
A-Level Media Studies