Welcome to the Media Studies Department
Meet Our Staff
- Mr Chris Tench (Head of media studies)
- Mrs E Langley
Our curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides learners with the best opportunities to be successful in their learning. Our principles focus on depth not just breadth by creating a mastery within the curriculum, which stretches learners and accelerates their progress over their 7 year learning journey at our college. In this section of the website you will find the subject intent, implementation and impact.
Alongside this, are our long and medium term plans which enable all stakeholders to have a clear understanding of the content, knowledge and skills taught within this curriculum area. The long term plan also outlines the cultural capital experiences and career opportunities learners have within the subject, as well as our tailored approach to supporting learners' metacognitive processes. Further to these documents, the discrete sequencing of lessons are in the College's bespoke schemes of work that can be accessed through departments.
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What exactly do they learn?
The main concepts of the course are to explore media production processes and practices.
The long term plan for the course enables students to become proficient in the planning and production of a variety of different media products including graphics, websites and video.
There are many opportunities for students to develop research skills and independently look at various ways media is used for different communication methods.
The pathway for media from key stage 4 to key stage 5 – Key stage 5 course available, Media Studies.
What did they learn at primary?
Despite not being taught as a standalone subject in primary school, students should obtain some of the key skills including time management, project planning and computer software skills which are essential in KS4 media.
How do you measure attainment and progress?
The students are formally assessed twice a year. This will be with a formal mock exam or in class assessment of the student's coursework activities which will be marked and graded in accordance with the OCR specification. The students all have the opportunity to attempt and achieve the merit and distinction grade work regardless of target grade.
The students all receive feedback on how they can move from a pass to merit or merit to distinction. The students have the opportunity to improve and if the work is to the required standard the students overall grade improves.
What order do you teach things in and why?
The teaching of the modules is dictated by their position in the course itself. The examination unit, relating to pre-production must be taught first as it provides the core knowledge for students to be able to successfully plan and implement the products required in the remaining units. The core unit (R082) is taught in the second half of the first year to ensure all core units are complete in the first year. The remaining option units can be taught in any order in year 2.
What's the purpose of teaching your subject?
The student's skills set improves and new skills are developed which include communication skills, presentational skills, team working, leadership, resilience and most importantly the students learn how to be and work independently.
All learners have the same opportunities within the subject regardless of gender, abilities, SEND etc. All students.
How do you know that you have a 'good' curriculum?
The outcomes for the students are excellent with 100% of the students achieving a grade 4 or above.
The subject has a large percentage of the option group choosing Media and also large groups in the sixth form opting to take a vocational A Level for Media.
How do you enrich your subject outside the classroom?
The career opportunities are vast for media. The enrichment opportunities can be accessed through enterprise activities, work experience and the many enrichment activities which are delivered on a yearly basis at school.