Media and Film Studies
Welcome to Media and Film Studies!
Media and Film have become an integral part of our culture. In our vibrant Media and Film Studies department, we believe that students should be given the skills to think for themselves, to develop informed opinions and become responsible citizens of this digital world.
The department provides a variety of methods and opportunities to study Media and Film at Key Stage 4 and 5 offering GCSE Media Studies, A Level Film Studies and BTEC Level 3 in Digital Media.
GCSE Media studies gives students a chance to develop a critical understanding of the role of the media in daily life. It encourages an understanding oif how to use key media concepts to analyse media products and the opportunity for hands-on practical work.
BTEC Level 3 in Digital Media, available at Key Stage 5, allows students the opportunity to take a more practical approach with extended production and research projects which involve learning practical skills for creative media environment. The current Level 3 course is 50% coursework based and also consists of two exams worth 25% each.
A Level Film Studies develops critical thinking, research and analytical skills, taking a theoretical approach to the cultural impact and importance of film in a range of film industries.
Media and Film Studies are relevant to other subjects as the analytical and research skills the students develop can be applied to any other area of study, in particularly English, Art and Humanities. The practical skills learnt can be used in a variety of settings in school such as ICT, Graphic Design and Art. Students also learn how to present ideas by targeting different audiences which is a skill that is useful both in school and for future careers.
Teachers include and engage all students using a variety if teaching methods and approaches as well as the latest available equipment.
We have a number of Learning Support Assistants working within our classes to support particular students or particular groups.
We endeavour to provide a wide range of learning experiences for our students which will prepare them for further study of the subject and a career in the Industry.
At GCSE we follow the WJCE specification which is 70% non-exam assessment and 30% exam.
in Year 9 we provide a Media Studies foundation course until Christmas then students start preparing for the examinations through the following units.
- An introduction to Media Studies
- iMovie – an introduction to video editing
- Adobe Photoshop – photo manipulation skills
- Audience research
- Print advertisement
In Year 10 we complete the following coursework assignments through the following units:- Video Games
- Film Marketing
- Coursework Production of a Print Film Poster and Film Trailer
In Year 11 we continue to prepare for the examination and complete the coursework assignment through the following units:
-Television Series (in depth study)
- Music - including music video, online, social and participatory media (in depth study)
- Revision of all the topics studied for the examinations
BTEC Level 3 in Creative Media Production
This course lasts two years and assessment is completed through two external exams (25% each) and coursework (50%).
The course covers a range of skills and prepare students for work in the creative media industries with a specific focus on TV and Film.
Students complete units details below:
Unit 1: Media Products and Audiences (examined unit)
Unit 2: Pre-Production and Planning (examined unit)
Unit 3: Create a Media Project
Unit 20: Advertising Media
Unit 21: Plan and deliver a Pitch for a Media Product
Unit 24: Cross Media Industry Awareness
Film Studies A Level (WJEC) is a two year GCE course that covers a range of both theoretical and practical skills that allow students a more analytical approach to film experience.
Film Studies is a subject that by its nature, requires candidates to consider individual, moral, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues. The course is split into coursework and examination as below:
Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking (35%)
Section A: Hollywood 1930 - 1990: Students compare a classic Hollywood film (Vertigo) and a new Hollywood film (Blade Runner).
Section B: American film since 2005 (two-film study): Students compare a mainstream film (Carol) and an independent film (Boyhood).
Section C: British films since 1995 (two-film study). Students compare Trainspotting and This is England.
Component 3:Production (30%)
Component 2: Global filmaking perspective (35%)
Section A: Global film (two-film study): Pans Labyrinth and City God.
Section B: Documentary film: Students study the impact of digital filmmakinf in Amy.
Section C: Film movements - Silent cinema: Students study Strike.
Enrichment and Extra Curricular
KS3 Intro Film Club: Students can watch and review films online as part of this vibrant British Film Institute initiative.
Beyond the curriculum in Media and Film Studies we offer a number of catch-up and improvement sessions. Some of these offer targeted feedback and improvement opportunities and students are invited to these specifically. Whereas some of these are drop-in surgeries which students choose to attend because they want to develop their coursework, want to use the equipment or want to create a media or film product independently.
Each year students who take Media Studies at GCSE go on to study the subject at A-Level through either the Film, Media or BTEC routes and then at University Level. Students who have left are currently studying Media, Film, Graphic Design and Games Design, TV and Film Production at Bournemouth, Bristol and Roehampton University. We are also proud of students who have gone to apprenticeships after A Level and are now working within the industry following their placements.
A link to the most recent department review for Media and Film Studies can be found here.