In year nine, Media Studies is introduced in a short course offering practical exercises, the viewing of examples and a broad introduction to the scope of the subject, covering topics such as media images, soap operas, newspapers and celebrities.
At GCSE level, Media Studies emphasises the range of popular culture, focusing on three coursework essays and a practical assignment that pupils may undertake in small groups.
At ‘A’ level, the subject has proven to be particularly useful for students who might not succeed elsewhere in the curriculum. The small class size has also allowed us to nurture the talents of individuals who, for example, have produced their own film, or have gone on to study the Media at university. Although this course involves written elements there is a large emphasis on practical production.