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At The Elmgreen School Media Studies is a very popular and successful course taught at both KS4 and KS5, led by Mr Hill.

Media Studies is taught in mixed ability classes and accessible to a variety of students as it combines both analysis and theoretical skills alongside practical production skills. Students have access to a range of facilities including a professional quality digital camera and Mac computers for film production and editing, helping them gain experience if they wish to pursue a career in the ever expanding Media Industries. Alongside the varied curriculum students are provided with opportunities to enrich their understanding of Media Industries through educational visits, meeting Media professionals in their place of work. It is this breadth of enriching experiences, alongside the choice within the curriculum that enables the majority of students to achieve and often exceed their target grades in Media Studies.

 

Media Studies GCSE – Eduqas

Component 1 Exploring the Media – written paper (40%)

Section A – Exploring Media Language and Representation

This section assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following print media forms: magazines, marketing (film posters), newspapers, or print advertisements. There are two questions in this section:
one question assessing media language in relation to one set product (reference to relevant contexts may be required)
one two-part question assessing representation in relation to one set product and one unseen resource in the same media form. Part (a) is based on media contexts. Part (b) requires comparison through an extended response.

Section B – Exploring Media Industries and AudiencesThis section assesses two of the following media forms: film, newspapers, radio, video games. It includes:
one stepped question on media industries
one stepped question on audiences.Component 2 Understanding Media Forms and Products – written paper (30%)
Section A – Television one question on either media language or representation, which will be based on an extract from one of the set television programme episodes to be viewed in the examination (reference to relevant contexts may be required)
one question on media industries, audiences or media contexts.Section B – Music one question on either media language or representation (reference to relevant contexts may be required)
one question on media industries, audiences or media contexts.Component 3 Creating Media Products – written paper (30%) An individual media production for an intended audience in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, applying knowledge and understanding of media language and representation.

 

Media Studies A Level – Eduqas

Component 1 Media Products, Industries and Audiences  (35%)

Section A – Analysing Media Language and Representation

This section assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following media forms: advertising, marketing, music video or newspapers. There are two questions in this section: one question assessing media language in relation to an unseen audio-visual or printresource one extended response comparison question assessing representation in one set product and an unseen audio-visual or print resource in relation to media contexts.

Section B – Understanding Media Industries and AudiencesThis section assesses two of the following media forms – advertising, marketing, film, newspapers, radio, video games – and media contexts. It includes: one stepped question on media industries one stepped question on audiences.

Component 2 Media Forms and Products In Depth – written paper (35%)

Section A – Television in the Global Age
There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

Section B – Magazines
There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

Section C – Media in the Online Age
There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

Component 3 Creating Media Products – written paper (30%)
An individual cross-media production based on two forms in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.

 

Why choose Media Studies?

In addition to helping students acquire subject knowledge, Media Studies:

• develops critical thinking and decision-making skills
• develops appreciation and critical understanding of the role of the media in daily life
• combines practical and theoretical knowledge and skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity
• encourages an understanding of how to use key media concepts to analyse media products and their various contexts
• prepares students for study in a range of disciplines in further education

Media Studies is a very important subject, ultimately combining aspects of Politics, Sociology, History and Economics. It encourages creativity, teaches analytical skills and introduces students to critical ways of thinking about the world around them. These talents are highly valued by schools and universities.

What the students say:
“It’s a subject that everyone can enjoy and everyone can relate to, we enjoy coming to lessons.”  Jamie Yr 10
“It looked interesting on paper and it is in person.”  Monteice Yr 10
“Media Studies is an important subject because the media is all around you, and you need to know how it is created.”  Belotie Yr 11
“When you focus in lessons you can exceed your target grades.”  Jamie Yr 10
“I chose Media Studies because it links well with my other subjects like performance studies because it is creative.”  Darryel Yr 12
“I want to have a pathway into the Media Industry like producing films and it’s just different from all the other subjects I study.”  Amaani Yr 12
“Media Studies has helped to develop my skills in English Literature, as we look at similar theories.”  Dray Yr 12

 

Educational visits

 

Media Studies visit to Live Magazine Head Office

On Friday 26 November I was fortunate enough to take 21 GCSE Media Studies students to the head office of Live Magazine to take part in a workshop on journalism. Live magazine is a free, quarterly magazine that is created by young people under the age of 24; and is distributed around the UK with a focus on London. Luckily for us, their head office is located in Brixton and this is the second year running that Elmgreen students have visited.

To begin with the Editor of Live Magazine gave a presentation to the students about her experience of journalism and how she has helped to develop the magazine. The second session was led by Ben Ferguson, who writes for The Guardian. Ben asked the students to analyse newspapers and discuss the content, he then talked about what makes a successful feature article. To conclude Katie, Jamie, Belotie and Clarissa Alli presented their own magazine concepts to Ben and received feedback on their ideas. Ben was very impressed with the engagement of the class and their high level of understanding of the Media. He was so pleased that he is seeing if a further trip to The Guardian head office can be arranged.

Live Magazine also provides valuable work experience for young people and they have a drop in session on a Wednesday from 4:30pm for anyone who is interested in contributing to the magazine. If you are interested you can find the address and further information on their website:

LIVE MAGAZINE

Youth Day at Open City Docs Festival held at UCL

OPEN CITY DOCS FEST

Screening of 5 Broken Cameras followed by Q+A session with the director

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