Through creativity we foment insight and an understanding of the forces that shape our culture.
The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.
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Why Study this Subject?
The media affects us all on a daily basis. It entertains us in the evenings and informs us with rolling 24-hour news. It aims to persuade us with a barrage of adverts and leaflets or helps us to stay in touch online. Love it or hate it, very few of us will escape the influence of the media and for many of us it is present from the moment we wake to our radio alarm to the moment we turn off the television at night.
We study a variety of different forms ranging from movies to newspapers, television to advertising, radio to websites, games design to magazines and in each case we delve into how the creators of different media products foster success. We attempt to mimic these media outlets – for instance, the record companies marketing a new band or the games designers sniffing out trends that they can exploit – and in the process learn how to manipulate audiences and engender beliefs and desires in the general public. The skills we inculcate would help our students towards any career where creativity, independence of thought and a questioning mind are valued.
Topics of Study and Assignments
Media Studies GCSE has two distinct courses:
The Single Award offers students the chance to achieve a GCSE grade in Media Studies at the end of Year 11. Students will complete two individual Controlled Assessments and one that can be tackled either individually or in small groups. They will then sit one 90 minute exam at the end of Year 11. Controlled Assessments - 60%: Exam - 40%.
The Double Award offers students the chance to achieve two GCSE grades in Media Studies at the end of Year 11. Students will complete two individual Controlled Assessments and two that can be tackled either individually or in small groups. They will then sit two 90 minute exams at the end of Year 11. Controlled Assessments - 60%: Exams - 40%.
Dave Fouracre, BA Hons, PGCE, has been an English teacher for 21 years and a Media Studies teacher for the last 13 years. His interests include cinematography, contemporary literature and blogging.
Elizabeth Fenn-Tye, BA Joint Hons, PGCE via School Direct in Secondary English. She has been ISTD Dance qualified for 6 years, then re-trained and has been teaching English for a year. Media has always been a part of her life, and she is excited to be teaching it for the first time this year. Her interests include practical production and both 19th Century and more modern literature.
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