Media Studies

At its core, Media Studies is about the study of communication: how we inform ourselves about the world, how we communicate with the world and how we are entertained by the world. In a society which is increasingly dependent on media, it is important we all have an understanding of how media forms work and, vitally, how they can influence us and our decisions.

Media Studies is an increasingly popular option subject at The Heath that pupils can choose to add to their suite of subjects during the options process in Year 8 in order to study it from Year 9. Two different courses are on offer, with the majority of pupils studying the GCSE option. Both courses allow students to experience a wide range of media forms including audio visual, print and interactive products. Both courses also have a practical element where students are able to learn how to film and edit and utilise these skills to create their own audio visual productions.

GCSE

The Eduqas GCSE qualification is split into 70% examination (Components 1 and 2) and 30% non-examination assessment (Component 3), comprised of a production project made from a brief set by the exam board. Component 1 is designed to show a broad knowledge of a range of media forms whereas Component 2 is about in depth knowledge of specific media forms.

As Media Studies is an option from Year 9 onwards, the first terms of Year 9 SfL are primarily about building a secure foundation of knowledge about key aspects of media, including practical skills, and fostering an interest in a variety of media forms. During the last two half terms of Year 9, the SfL revolves around beginning to teach the set products for Component 1.

Useful Links:

  • Eduqas GCSE Media Studies Revision Guide on Amazon.

BTEC

The BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Creative Media Production has three components: two are internally assessed and one is an external synoptic. There is no formal exam.

Year 9 is about fostering a love of all different media forms and cultivating the students’ interest in the subject. From Y10 onwards, the students begin working on the actual BTEC assignments. There are two assessment windows for students to complete their external synoptic assessment: May/June in Year 10 and May/June in Year 11.

Useful Links:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Creative Media Production Course Page.

Years 9 – 11 Termly Overview

Year 9

Term 1a: Introduction to Genre (Film and Film Advertising)

Term 1b: Television Crime Drama

Term 2a: Introduction to Practical Skills (Planning and Preparation)

Term 2b: Practical Production Workshops (Filming and Editing)

Term 3a: Component 1 Section A (Magazines, Advertising and Marketing)

Term 3b: Component 2 Section A (TV Sitcom Genre)

Year 10

Term 1a: Component 2 Section A (Television Audience and Industry Issues)

Term 1b: Component 1 Section B (Radio Industry)

Term 2a: Component 1 Section A (Newspapers)

Term 2b: Component 3 (Production Research and Statement of Aims)

Term 3a: Component 3 (Filming)

Term 3b: Component 3 (Editing) and Completion of Component 3

Year 11

Term 1a: Component 1 Section B (Video Games)

Term 1b: Component 2 Section B (Music Video & Online Media)

Term 2a: Revision Component 1 Section A & B

Term 2b: Revision Component 2 Section A & B

Term 3a: Revision and Exam Practise

Term 3b: Revision, Exam Practise and Completion of Exams

If you would like any further information or have any questions about Media Studies at The Heath, please feel free to contact the Leader of Media Studies, Miss L Roberts, at robertsl@heathschool.org.uk.