Please take a moment to look at our media blog www.gbhsmediahome.blogspot.com and at www.gbhsas2016.blogspot.com and www.gbhsa2.blogspot.com for the most up to date production work. We use this space to present the students work.
Media Studies sets out to test practical and analytical skills, and requires an up-to-date knowledge of how media affects all levels of society in our communication age. You will be taught about all areas of the media from advertising to movies to TV dramas to magazines to social networks. Media forms and shapes how we think about and react to the world we live in. It is vital to understand how different media influence our thinking, and increasingly, it's vital to be able to produce our own media texts in order to communicate with others.
Media literacy is key to 21st century success. Even if you don't plan on having a media career, in today's multi-tasking work environment you will be called on to create videos, marketing copy, promotional images, web pages, and social media posts — and that might just be as part of your search for a job!
The courses we run
Media Studies is currently offered at AS level and A2. Students will be following the OCR specification from Students analyse media texts in depth and find out more about how they are produced. At AS, students study TV drama and the Film industry for their exam and at A2 the exam consists of production reflections and Media Collective Identity. Both foundation and advanced production portfolios focus on video. The exam is worth 50% of the final mark and the group productions make up the remaining 50%.
Both in the Foundation Portfolio and Advanced Portfolio units, there is plenty of hands-on experience and some quite sophisticated skills with equipment and post-production software are developed. All A level production work is submitted on a website. Students also show evidence of planning, reflection and evaluation to accompany the practical work and are encouraged to “read” media texts in analytical and creative ways throughout the course.
Items of interest
To enrich the classroom based learning students will have the opportunity to visit the BBC studios and take an exclusive look into the BBC newsroom. Here you will see the most interesting areas available on the day of your visit, as well as giving you a fascinating insight into how TV really works.
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education through Media Studies
Is shown by their beliefs which inform their perspective on life and their interest and respect for different peoples’s 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.
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.
Using 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.
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.