Media Studies

Media Studies Website Information
Head of Department: Mrs H Robbins hazel.robbins@cncs.school
 
The Media Studies Department at Cardinal Newman Catholic School, aims to widen students’ knowledge and understanding of how and why the media create a text. Students’ study of key concepts and ideologies encompass the theoretical framework – media language, representation, audience and industry. A range of contemporary texts have been chosen to enable students to develop an appreciation of the media industry. Students use their knowledge and understanding of the texts of study, to create their own media text, through the medium of a magazine, a music video or a short film/TV piece. When studying Media Studies, we encourage students to be motivated in their study, we foster an atmosphere of independence, and develop students’ creativity through a stimulating and enjoyable curriculum.
 
Many students of our students go on to study some form of Media and Communications at University to great success. Some of our previous students are now working within the media, whether it is behind the scenes or in front of the cameras.
 
KS4
Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 follow the Eduqas Exam Board and study GCSE Media Studies: https://eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/media-studies/gcse/
 
Year 9 Programme of Study
Term 1:1
Term 1:2
Transition Unit and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Component 1 Section A: Spectre (Film Poster) (2015)
Component 1 Section B: Spectre (Film: Industry Only) (2015)
Term 2:1
Term 2:2
Component 1 Section A: GQ (July 2016) and Pride (November 2015)
Component 1 Section A: Quality Street and This Girl Can
Term 3:1
Term 3:2
Component 3: NEA
Component 3: NEA
 
Year 10 Programme of Study
Term 1:1
Term 1:2
Component 1 Section B: The Archers
Component 1 Section A&B: The Sun
 
Term 2:1
Term 2:2
Component 1 Section A: The Guardian
Component 1 Section B: Fortnite
 
Term 3:1
Term 3:2
Component 3: NEA
Component 3: NEA
 
Year 11 Programme of Study
Term 1:1
Term 1:2
Component 2 Section B: Music Videos – Bad Blood and TLC. Online Media with social participatory media
Component 2 Section B: Music Videos – Uptown Funk
Online Media with social participatory media
Term 2:1
Term 2:2
Component 2 Section A: Crime Dramas - Luther and The Sweeney
Component 1 Revision
Term 3:1
Term 3:2
Component 1 & 2 revision
Component 1 & 2 revision
 
KS5
Students in Years 12 and 13 follow the Eduqas Exam Board and study A-Level Media Studies:
https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/media-studies/as-a-level/
The course is co-taught between two teachers with a 50/50 split. Each teacher will teach a text independently, this is easier for students to develop their understanding and knowledge of each text of study along with the relevant theoretical perspectives required.
Component 1 texts of study and Component 3 are all completed in Year 1 of the A-Level. Component 2 is taught in the final, second year of study.
Year 1
Term 1
Component 1, Section A & B:
Transition and Advertising and Marketing: Kiss of the Vampire
Video Game:  Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation 
Component 1, Section A & B:
Advertising and Marketing: Tide and Water Aid
Newspapers: The Times and The Daily Mirror
Term 2
Component 1, Section A & B:
Films:  I, Daniel Blake and Black Panther
Music Video:  Formation
Component 1, Section A & B:
Music Video: Rip Tide
Radio: Late Night Woman’s Hour
Term 3
Component 3
NEA – Print based editing and construction.
Component 3
NEA – Print based editing and construction.
Year 2
Term 1
Component 2, Section A: Television.
Humans and The Returned
Component 2, Section B: Magazines
Woman and Adbusters
Term 2
Component 2, Section C: Media in the Online Age.
Attitude and Zoella
Revision of all content over two years.
Exam Preparation
Term 3
Revision of all content over two years.
Exam Preparation
Revision of all content over two years.
Exam Preparation
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