Media Studies

Media Studies is a successful and exciting subject which is introduced to students in year 9. Students have the opportunity to start the GCSE course in Y9 over four lessons a fortnight; during this time they are introduced to the key concepts and explore how the media impacts on our world and our lives.

At CBSC students have access to a wide range of new media technologies and therefore develop their production skills alongside theoretical work. They have access to the latest technologies beyond the lessons to improve their skills and develop their creativity.

The success rate for this course is excellent, producing results well above national averages for the subject. At GCSE the course is 60% coursework and 40% examination. Through the coursework students explore areas such as advertising, newsgathering and media ownership; they also have the opportunity to produce their own media texts, this year students have produced their own film trailers using digital cameras and professional editing software on our Apple Mac computers.

Post-16 students have the option of studying Media Studies at A Level. Once again students' performance is above the national average, with their work reaching professional level. On the course students extend their understanding of the theoretical side of the Media, along with developing their production skills to a professional level. Beyond lessons students have access to extra-curricular Media Studies through film clubs: last year our students won several awards for their films and continue to develop their skills through their projects.

 

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Media Studies is an option for students in year 10 - details of this course can found below

 Course assessment: 60% coursework, 40% exam
 Career possibilities: Acting, Advertising, Animation, Computer Games Designer/Programmer, Directing, Fashion Journalism, Editing, Film, Graphic Designer, Interactive Media, Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism, Publishing, Public Relations (PR), Radio Production/Broadcasting, Scriptwriting, Television Production/Broadcasting
 Course overview:

Three coursework modules:

Unit 1: Print Advertising

Unit 2: Film Promotion

Unit 3: Magazine Production

Each coursework unit involves a textual analysis of various media texts, with an examination of audiences and institutions, and a practical task. Students acquire a mix of theoretical and academic skill throughout the course.

 Exam board specification: AQA, GCSE Media Studies (Single or Double Award)
 Exemplar material:

See our YouTube channel for examples of students’ work:

www.youtube.com/carshaltonboys

 Media Studies is an option for students in the sixth form - details of this course can found below

 Entry Requirements: Minimum of 5 GCSEs, including English Grade C
 Course assessment: 60% Coursework, 40% Exam
 Career possibilities: Acting, Advertising, Animation, Computer Games Designer/Programmer, Directing, Fashion Journalism, Editing, Film, Graphic Designer, Interactive Media, Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism, Publishing, Public Relations (PR), Radio Production/Broadcasting, Scriptwriting, Television Production/Broadcasting
 Course overview:

AS

Unit 1: Textual Analysis (Examination)

Unit 2: Coursework (Film production)

 

A2

Unit 3: Coursework (Music Video production)

Unit 4: Representation of British Culture (Examination)

 Exam board specification: OCR A Level Media Studies
 Exemplar material:

See our YouTube channel for examples of students’ work:

www.youtube.com/carshaltonboys

 Also can you add this website for more information on careers and academic routes in the Media/Creative Arts industries:

http://www.skillset.org/