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Media Studies

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  • Higher level thinking concepts and theoretical ideas applied to media texts and in practical productions using a wide range of cohesive devices and articulate arguments, supporting inferences with evidence and justifications for views. 

  • Extend writing skills enabling learners to increase their literacy skills alongside discursive confidence. 

  • Be able to distinguish between fact and opinion and understand justification. 

  • Use a wide range of cohesive devices and articulate arguments and opinions. Learners are able to support inferences with evidence and discuss and explain reading providing reasoned justifications for views. 

  • Introduce concepts and theoretical ideas that facilitate higher level thinking. 

  • Develop the qualities of liberal, tolerant, progressive and empathetic values in learners through our engagement with media texts and analysis of diverse representations. 

  • Develop critical thinking skills and the study of diverse and historical texts is integral in the development of a tolerant, measured mindset in learners. 

  • Examine how audiences are positioned to interpret such texts and debate how complex and sometimes controversial content and ideologies is used by the media. 

  • Develop mutual respect for a wide variety of beliefs and attitudes. 

Key Stage 5

OCR A Level Media Studies 

This is a contemporary, accessible and creative course that will allow you to study the media in an academic context and apply the knowledge and understanding gained to the process of creating your own cross media production. A Level Media Studies is designed to widen your intellectual horizons through analysis of both global and historical media. Throughout the course you will develop skills in critical and reflective thinking and engage in the critical debates surrounding contemporary media. Our approach will allow you to engage confidently with critical and theoretical approaches from the perspectives of being a consumer and producer of media products. Media Studies should inspire you to continue learning beyond the confines of the classroom as well as developing employability skills that will serve you well both in Higher Education and in the workplace.     
A Level Media Studies UNITS OF STUDY  

Media Messages. Examination. 35% of total A Level  

  • Section A: News  

  • Section B: Media language and representation  

Evolving Media: Examination. 35% of total A Level  

  • Section A: Media industries and audiences  

  • Section B: Long form television drama  

Making Media. NEA coursework. 30% of total A Level  

  • Cross media production (2 paired products) in response to an exam board set brief. The brief will change every year.  

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development

Media studies uses a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with students from different religious, ethnic and socio economic backgrounds. A willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively. An interest in and understanding of the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels. 

Students gain the ability to recognise between right and wrong and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives. Understanding the consequences of their actions. An interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues. There is an understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage. A willingness to participate in and respond to artistic, musical, technological and cultural opportunities. An interest in exploring, understanding of, and respect for cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diverse socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.  

Cultural development is shown by their beliefs which inform their perspective on life and their interest and respect for different feelings and values. Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them. Use of imagination and creativity in their learning and willingness to reflect on their experiences. 

Beyond the Classroom

To enrich the classroom based learning students will have the opportunity to visit the BFI, live studios and take an exclusive look into the BBC newsroom.  

Please take a moment to look at our media blog 

www.gbhsmediastudies.blogspot.comand our YouTube page for the most up to date production work. We use this space to present the students work.