At Key Stage 5 students follow the diverse WJEC Eduqas Media Studies A-Level course. Students will study a variety of units of learning, both theoretical and practical, including Online Media, Television, Online Magazines, Blogs, Video Games, Film Industries, Newspapers, Music Videos and Advertising and Marketing. Assessment is both exam and production coursework based.
Eduqas Media Studies A-Level Aims and Objectives:
This specification recognises the fundamental relationship between theoretical understanding and practical work, providing learners with exciting opportunities to develop media production skills. Learners will apply and develop their knowledge and understanding of media language and representation in relation to media forms and products, and become creators of meaning themselves. Learners will be offered a choice of briefs and forms within which to work, enabling them to explore and pursue their own media interests.
The WJEC Eduqas A-Level in Media Studies offers a broad, coherent and engaging course of study which enables learners to:
- demonstrate skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision-making and analysis
- acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of important media issues
- develop appreciation and critical understanding of the media and their role both historically and currently in society, culture and politics
- understand and apply specialist subject-specific terminology to analyse and compare media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed in order to make informed arguments, reach substantiated judgements and draw conclusions about media issues
- appreciate how theoretical understanding supports practice and practice supports theoretical understanding
develop practical skills by providing opportunities for creative media production.
GCSE Media Studies:
At Key Stage 5 some students have the option of taking GCSE in Media Studies, compressing the Key Stage 4 course into one year at Year 12.