Media Studies AS and A level at Stowmarket High School
We live in a media saturated world. A growing range of choices for entertainment and information compete for our time and attention. The explosive growth of social networking and unlimited access to all types of media through smart phones, tablet computers and laptops have created possibilities which only a few years ago were science fiction and means we now live in a connected world.
Media Studies helps students understand the old and the new media. We look at industries behind social networking, interactive and multi-channel tv, user created content, computer games, film, radio, newspapers, magazines, popular music and advertising as well as giving students a framework for analysing their products and influence. Most importantly Media Studies has been allowed to maintain its coursework element giving students the opportunity to produce their own print, sound or video product.
The subject is an excellent choice at AS. It requires analytical thinking and an enquiring mind which likes to put ideas and concepts learnt into practice. It fits well with English, Psychology, Performing Arts, Design, Art and Sociology. A level Media Studies is recognised by QCA and many universities as a well established A level subject. The practical skills you pick up, such as how to shoot and edit a short film or music video, or how to produce a front page and feature for a magazine are invaluable if you want to get a job in the media industry. You will need to carry on your education at College or University. Many students go on to do Media Studies which can lead to career choices in advertising, public relations, communications, publishing, film, television, design and journalism.
A variety of methods are used. These include ‘lectures’, discussion, videos, personal and group work, powerpoint presentations and research tasks. Coursework in both years allows students to develop research, planning and team work skills. whilst giving them the satisfaction of creating their own product. It is also essential that students have a ‘user-friendly’ folder, so note-taking and organization of resources is an important skill to develop. Media Studies is about how the world today is reflected back to and interpreted to all of us. Far reaching changes are taking place in the media and therefore it will help students to read a "quality" newspaper and have an interest in current events.
The course is assessed through two examination units and two coursework production units.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stowmarket High School directly.