Aims & Objectives
- Develop investigative, critical thinking and decision-making skills through consideration of issues that are important, real and relevant to learners and to the world in which they live.
- Develop their appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in their daily lives.
- Develop their practical and creative skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity.
- Understand how to use media concepts and ideas to analyse media productions in their various contexts.
Lessons & Homework
In this year we cover the introduction to what media is and the key skills used to analyse media texts. We aim the complete the two Textual Investigations (20% of the final grade). Students also get the chance to practise their practical skills with a practise Production task.
To start the year, students work on their Production coursework (40%), including research of the chosen topic, pre-production planning tasks, creating a product and then evaluating it.
Students also explore their examination topic in lessons. Each year this topic changes. In 2013 the topic is TV Drama.
At this level students explore the theoretical aspects, including how different media industries produce media, the impact of media on society and the debates raised in the media.
Practical skills are assessed in each year.
Assessment at KS4
Coursework 60% comprised of:
Two Textual Investigations (450-800 words) 20%
One Production (including Research, Planning, Production and Evaluation) 40%
Examination 40% comprised of:
Section 1 theory based questions and Section 2 practical task.
Assessment at KS5
MS1 – Examination based on the topics: Representation, Audience responses, and Generic Conventions.
MS2 – Production including Research, Pre-Production, Production and Evaluation.
MS3 – Production including Investigation, Production and Evaluation.
MS4 – Examination based on 3 different media. Focusing on Representation, Audience responses, Generic Conventions and Industry issues.