Media Studies will help students to develop an understanding of the world they live in, looking at the impact of popular media such as: film and television, publishing, music, computer games, the news and social media. As well as analysing the effect of the media on our daily lives, students will have the opportunity to create and design their own work in our Media suite. Here, students will practise a range of skills in desktop publishing, photo editing and filmmaking.
Study at Key Stage Four
We offer two courses: BTEC Tech Award Creative Media and GCSE Media Studies. Both courses cover a range of practical and written skills: the BTEC course offers students an opportunity to look at 'how' the media industry works through a more vocational qualification, whereas the GCSE course asks students to analyse 'why?' Each qualification is assessed with an external exam; the BTEC exam is worth 40% of your final grade and the GCSE exam is worth 70% of your final grade. The rest of the work is assessed by the teacher through controlled assessment tasks and will cover a range of topics such as: advertising, film promotion and marketing, magazines and publishing.
“The Amery Quill” reporters meet every Monday after school. We have students of all ages writing articles for the student magazine on wide-ranging topics – from book reviews to school events. We aim to publish two magazines a year.
Every year, we participate in the BBC Young Reporter event. A team of young journalists learn about the pressure of deadlines to work in real time to produce a news article by 3pm which are then published on our school’s website.