Media and Film Studies

Contact: Mr Kirk Campbell (Head of Media and Film)

Media Studies is available at both GCSE and A-level. Film Studies is only offered as an A-level subject. 

The media is all around us. Not only does it entertain us, but it also shapes our own thoughts and opinions, often without us even realising it. As a result, there is a new kind of thing you need to learn; media literacy. At Teddington School, we work to understand how and why different TV shows, films, adverts and apps are created, and then have a go at making our own. In doing so, we develop our own media literacy and are better placed to be successful in the modern world.

Media Studies at Teddington School also develops transferable skills, such as: creativity, analysis, evaluation, organisation, design, collaboration, reflection and communication. These are key attributes that will help you in any further education or career area.

With our expert team of teachers, we can also help you if you are thinking of getting a job in the fastest-growing industry in the UK today.

Is this course for me?

If you like film and television, and enjoy discussing your interpretation of texts produced by these Media industries, you will enjoy studying Media.

If you like analysing a range of media texts across forms and genres, and want to develop an understanding of the key issues and debates that are shaping the way media texts can be interpreted, then you will enjoy studying this course.

If you are interested in film-making or producing a moving image text of your own, and want to learn key production skills (such as Photoshop and video editing), studying Media will teach you these techniques.

If you enjoy working with others in a group to exchange ideas, to collaborate on creating a concept for a piece of production work, and to try out practical skills, then this course offers you these opportunities.

If you are creative, and are looking for the chance to be able to plan and produce your own creative projects, then this course will interest you.

If you are enthusiastic about learning new skills and like to be challenged with new ideas, then Media Studies has a lot to offer you.

If you are interested in how the media shapes our world, as well as the impact it has on our attitudes and interactions, then you will enjoy studying this course.

Media Studies at Key Stage 4

Year 10

Eduqas 9-1 GCSE Media Studies

The new GCSE in Media Studies (9-1) offers learners the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of key issues and the ability to debate important questions about the media. It introduces them to the theoretical framework for analysing the media. Although the specification focuses predominantly on contemporary media, this is contextualised and enhanced through the exploration of significant products from different historical periods. Mediums studied include: television, film, music, video games, newspapers, radio, magazines, online and social media.

 

 

Media Studies at Key Stage 5

Year 12: A Level

Eduqas A Level Media Studies (reformed specification)

The new A-Level in Media Studies offers learners the opportunity to develop a thorough and in-depth understanding of key issues, using a comprehensive theoretical framework and a variety of advanced theoretical approaches and theories to support critical exploration and reflection, analysis and debate. The course offers opportunities for detailed analysis of how the media communicate meanings in a variety of forms. Learners will debate critical questions related to the social, cultural, political and economic role of the media as well as engaging with the dynamic relationships between media products, media industries and audiences.

 

 

Film Studies at Key Stage 5

 

Year 12: A Level

Eduqas A Level Film Studies (reformed specification)

Film Studies at Teddington introduces learners to a wide variety of films in order to broaden their knowledge and understanding of film and the range of responses films can generate, including: mainstream American films from the past and the present; a range of recent and contemporary British films; American independent films; and global films. Production work is a crucial part of this specification and is integral to learners' study of film. Studying a diverse range of films from several different contexts is designed to give learners the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own filmmaking and screenwriting. This is intended to enable learners to create high quality film and screenplay work as well as provide an informed filmmaker's perspective on their own study of film.

Parental support and useful books to support learning

In each subject, at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5, students are set one 40-minute homework task each week. The homework is challenging, consolidates learning, deepens students’ understanding and develops their independent learning skills. 

We also encourage students to discuss their learning at home, as these conversations also serve to consolidate and extend the learning that the students do in the classroom- and students of media and film are regularly able to educate their families on the issues and debates surrounding these mediums too!

Below is a recommended reading list (particularly for students wanting to study either subject at university):

· Revision Express AS & A2 (Hall & Holmes)

· Media Studies: Complete Introduction (Joanne Hollows)

· Representation (Stewart Hall)

· Filmish (Edward Ross)

· Film Art: An Introduction (Bordwell & Thompson)

· The Cinema Book (Pam Cook)

Textbooks

Year 10:

WJEC/Eduqas GCSE Media Studies(Illuminate) ISBN: 978-1911208488

Year 12 Media:

WJEC/Eduqas Media Studies for A Level Year 1 & AS (Illuminate) ISBN: 978-1911208105

Year 12 Film:

WJEC Eduqas Film Studies for A Level & AS (Illuminate) ISBN: 978-1911208440

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