Media Studies is an A Level subject taught to sixth form students from across the consortium. Students examine a range of case studies and complete practical exercises to understand the diverse industries of newspapers, magazines, advertising and film marketing, video games, television, music, radio, and online media. Students will learn about the way a news story gains momentum, an image or video goes viral, or the process that takes an idea from script to screen. This course is both an insight in to industry as well as an academic and theoretical study of the subject. Most students will start the course with no prior experience of the subject and develop their existing analytical and creative skills to understand how the media industry works to shape attitudes, values and beliefs in today’s media-saturated society.
Media Studies lessons take place in a purpose built media suite, with full computer facilities and specialist software such as Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro. Students also have access to a range of technical equipment relevant to their learning (cameras, tripods and digital recorders, etc.)
2017 has seen the introduction of a linear specification for A Level study, under the exam board Eduqas (previously known as WJEC). The structure of the course now sees a balance of 30% coursework and 70% exams over two years.
Many students who complete this course have gone on to study the subject in higher education and achieve successful careers and internships in the media.