Department Overview

The Media Department consists of 3 fully qualified teachers with many years teaching across Keystage 3, Keystage 4 and Keystage 5.

The structure within the department is: Mrs Hudson (i/c Media and Progress Manager for Year 13)and Mrs Antrobus (Acting Director of Learning years 12/13)

Our Aims

  • To enhance student enjoyment and appreciation of the media, whilst developing an understanding of its role in shaping the world in which we live.
  • To develop a critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts, and through the creative application of practical skills.
  • To explore production processes and new Media technologies through planning and producing their own professional Media texts.
  • To become independent through developing research skills and applying these skills.
  • Most importantly to enjoy the course

Accomodation and Resources

The Media Department is accommodated in the Media room at the heart of the main school. There is additional accommodation provided in the Sixth Form centre in Apple Mac rooms. Video and camera equipment and other resources are also available.

The Department has a range of textbooks for all Key stages. History teachers also provide Students with bespoke resources and detailed printed notes to help achieve the very top grades.

Key Stage 4

Students study EDUQAS GCSE Media Studies and are taught in a mixed ability electives' group by two teachers. The year 9/10/11 course consists of 30% controlled assessment and 70% external examination.

Key Stage 5

The A Level syllabus is taught over five lessons per week and by two teachers. It is a very popular and successful A Level and a number of students go on to either study Media at university or embark on an apprenticeship within the field. The course consists of 30% controlled assessment and 70% external examination.

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Cinema trips, both locally and nationally.
  • Film club.
  • Lectures from experts within the field.
  • Workshops.
  • Conferences.
  • Visits to the highly acclaimed Bradford media centre and to London.
  • Revision workshops.

More information about our department

Media Studies tests practical and analytical skills, and requires an up-to-date knowledge of how media affects all levels of society in our Communication Age. From advertising to music video to TV dramas to magazines to social networks, media forms shape how we think about and react to the world we live in. It's vital to understand how different media influence our thinking, and increasingly, it's vital to be able to produce our own media texts in order to communicate with others.

Media literacy is key to 21st century success. Even if you don't plan on having a media career, in today's multi-tasking work environment you will be called on to create videos, marketing copy, promotional images, web pages, and social media posts - and that might just be as part of your search for a job!

For more information please contact Mrs Hudson on 0151 541 9440.

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