Media

Media Studies is a fascinating subject that provides the student not only with a deep understanding of how the media functions, but also of how society and audiences react to media products in different ways.

The department’s aim are as follows:

  • To develop skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision-making and analysis
  • To acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of important media issues
  • To develop appreciation and critical understanding of the media and their role both historically and currently in society, culture and politics
  •  To understand and apply specialist subject-specific terminology to analyse and compare media products and the contexts in which they are produced
  • To make informed arguments, reach judgements and draw conclusions about media issues
  • To appreciate how theoretical understanding supports practice and vice versa
  • To develop practical skills by providing opportunities for creative media production

On a broader level, the department aims to develop general life skills that are so valued by universities and employers, such as independent study, creativity and resilience.

Head of Department

  • Mr M. Newns (Subject Leader)

Subject Staff

  • Miss A. Lawson

 

Key Stage 4

Students follow the EDUQAS GCSE course. There are three components:

COMPONENT 1: Exploring the Media

  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 40% of qualification In this component, students study a number of set products from a variety of media industries, including: advertising; film posters; video games; newspapers; film and radio

COMPONENT 2: Understanding Media Forms and Products

  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 30% of qualification In this component, students a small number of set products, this time focusing in more detail on the television and music video industries.

COMPONENT 3: Creating Media Products

  • Non-exam assessment
  • 30% of qualification This the practical element of the course. Students use Photoshop, photography and other relevant skills or software to create a media product specified by the exam board brief.

 

Key Stage 5

Students follow the EDUQAS A level course. There are three components:

COMPONENT 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences

  • Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • 35% of qualification In this component, students study a number of set products from a variety of media industries, including: advertising; film posters; video games; newspapers; film and radio

COMPONENT 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth

  • Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 35% of qualification In this component, students a small number of set products, this time focusing in more detail on the television, magazine and online media industries.

COMPONENT 3: Cross-Media Production

  • Non exam assessment
  • 30% of qualification This the practical element of the course. Students use Photoshop, photography and other relevant skills or software to create a media product specified by the exam board brief. The production must be cross-media, which means it must contain two media forms, for example pages from a magazine and website pages.

 

Extra Curricular Activities 

Students have the opportunity to take part in the recording and documenting of events in and around school, concerts, musical events and stage shows.
Coursework clubs and catch up sessions run throughout the year.

 

Useful Websites and Links

http://eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/media-studies/gcse/ = link to the EDUQS GCSE Media Studies page

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/media-studies/gcse/eduqas-gcse-media-studies-spec-from-2017-e.pdf = link to the GCSE exam specification

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/media-studies/as-a-level/ = link to the EDUQS A level Media Studies page

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/media-studies/as-a-level/eduqas-a-level-media-studies-spec-from-2017-updated.pdf = link to the A level exam specification

https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/ztnygk7 = BBC Bitesize

 

Where are they now?

Jack Mulhaney: Media Studies – University of Salford
Grant Mullock: Games Development – University of Chester
Clelland Allen: Film Studies – Liverpool John Moores University
Amanda Ashton: Creative Writing and Film Studies – Liverpool John Moores University
Jessica George: Film and Television Production – Edge Hill University
Charlotte McFarlane: Media, Culture and Communication – Liverpool John Moores University
Hannah Melia: Film and Television Production – Edge Hill University
Jack Donaldson: Computer Games Development – Liverpool John Moores University
Ryan Doyle: Education and Information Technology – Liverpool Hope University
Thomas Green: Computer Networks – Sheffield Hallam University
Daniel Moore: Computer Games Development – Liverpool John Moores University
Olivia Murphy: English Literature and Film and Visual Culture – Liverpool Hope University
Rose Proud: Communication and Media – University of Liverpool