“If media content didn't fascinate us, there would be no desire to engage with it; but if it didn't frustrate us on some level, there would be no drive to rewrite or remake it.” Henry Jenkins

Media studies is a study that deals with the content, history, and effects of various media platforms; in particular, the mass media.  

Students will examine a range of theories and concepts and apply them to current media products and audiences so that they can begin to understand the media industry and world that surrounds us on a deeper level. Students develop analytical and evaluative skills as well as being able to critically debate and comment on current politics and society.

Throughout the two year course students will study and explore the full array of media platforms; Film, TV Drama, Music video, Radio, Magazines, Newspapers, Advertising and Marketing, Social and Online Media and Video games.

Media A level is an exam based subject with a practical element of 30% of the overall A-level so students will also be given the opportunity to develop new creative skills using state of the art hardware and industry standard editing software.

An excellent media student is an individual who wants to explore the how and why behind the creative decisions of media institutions and corporations. A student who wants to examine existing media and be part of re-writing the old and re-making the new media.

Course specifications can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

GCSE specification

A Level specification

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