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Media Studies

Media Studies is the study of the world of Media.  Students will explore audience, institutions, rules and regulations, and key concepts through a variety of print-based and audio-visual texts.  Topics include broadcast news, advertisements, radio and a variety of films.

Media Studies is an innovative and creative subject taught through English lessons in Key Stage 3 and as a GCSE subject in Key Stage 4.  Our aim is to produce students who are skilled and knowledgeable about the World of Media in which they live.  We expect every student to be achieving their Personal Best in both class work and homework. We believe Media Studies is an important subject for our students because all types of media have an enormous influence on our lives and the growth of the media has been phenomenal in the last hundred years.  Managing and presenting information to the public in so many different formats is an industry that employs thousands of people and is important for the national economy and the job market. The influence and speed of media broadcasting can have an effect on politics and the economy, not to mention our daily lives.

Our Vision

Students are encouraged and expected to achieve their Personal Best in all aspects of this subject. To ensure this happens, teaching staff cater for the personal needs of individual students by using a range of teaching and learning styles. This may mean that students are asked to work individually or in groups or it may mean using our computers to access key information on the internet. Whatever the strategy is, we believe students will agree that Media Studies lessons are enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding.

Teaching and Learning

Students are taught by experienced teachers of Media Studies and English.  We aim for all lessons to be outstanding and for every student to make progress.  In previous years, Media Studies students have been able to participate in National Schools Film Club, which included a free screening of “Avatar” at Weston Odeon cinema.

We pride ourselves on promoting and developing a secure awareness of how Media is used to manipulate audiences. Students in Years 10 and 11 have lessons based in our state-of-the-art Computer Suites.

Our Curriculum

We provide lessons which focus on three key topics; texts, Media organisations and Media audiences. GCSE Students build and develop the skills they have learnt at Key Stage Three in English lessons.

Students will study a range of topics across the Key Stages, including film, magazine and newspaper and television. At GCSE students will have the opportunity to specialise in topics such as film trailers, computer games and the genre of James Bond. Students are expected to produce practical assignments alongside analytical essays, using the wealth of resources available, including digital cameras and editing programmes.

We often explore themes and ideas as a way of developing students’ thinking and analytical skills. Last year we explored the morality of the ways in which charity adverts used shocking imagery as a way of encouraging sponsors.

We study WJEC Media Studies in years 10 and 11 which consists of three pieces of Controlled Assessment (two analytical essays and one production piece), contributing to 60% of the overall grade.  There is one examination in Year 11 with two pre-released topics.

Extra-curricular Activities

There is regular provision of extra-curricular activities. Last year we took part in the BBC’s School Report project in order to promote students’ understanding of visual and printed Media. We have regular film club meetings and students are encouraged to participate in competitions, such as Film Education’s Young Film Critic of the Year.


We are situated in a dedicated Computer Room equipped with an interactive whiteboard, data projector and good storage facilities. Every teacher has a laptop. There is a wide range of resources available for staff and students to use. The resources cater for all performance levels and support the delivery of Media skills. There are also dedicated resources, such as DVDs and reference books which are available for students to borrow from the LRC.

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