Welcome to Media

“At FUS a study of the Media is wholly relevant to the contemporary world in a way that is not covered by other subject areas – the media has a powerful overt and covert influence on our lives in the domains of industry and commerce, technology, culture, communication and society, encoding key messages, themes, values and ideologies, political representations and personal identity.

It is a rigorous, academic subject that combines theoretical analysis, industry relevance, practical production but also critical debate.

The subject has a strong contemporary focus but also contextualises the past and understands the future.

As a result, lessons are relevant, dynamic and interesting and allow learners to explore their own cultural reference points within a solid, academic underpinning framework.”

Meet The Media Department Staff

Mrs. K. Hosey

Head of Department

Miss. K. McDermott

GCSE Media StudiesWJEC Exam 70%, Coursework 30%

Year 10 – you will study advertising, film marketing, magazines, newspapers, video games and TV crime drama looking at representation, technical code analysis, audience issues and industry perspective.

Year 11 – you will complete your coursework on film marketing, magazine extract or the opening to a new TV crime drama and will study radio and music videos.

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Creative Digital Media ProductionEdexcel Exam 40% Coursework 60%

Year 10 – you will study TV crime drama, print adverts and video games and will produce your first coursework piece. You will practice a range of different film production techniques to develop these skills for your coursework.

Year 11 – you will complete your second coursework piece reworking a music video or fashion magazine and will prepare for the external assessment responding to a client brief

Facilities and resources

We have two computer rooms dedicated to Media students which include Photoshop and Adobe Premier Pro software. We also have 10 cameras and tripods and a green screen for students to borrow.

Extra-curricular

We run trips to Disneyland Paris every other year and have also run in the past trips to Harry Potter Studios, Redweb (a digital agency in Bournemouth) and Bournemouth University. Media students have the opportunity to be part of FUS Film Crew who film school events and can link with our feeder schools to film their events too. There are also opportunities to work with outside clients to produce promotional material, for example Sustrans and Moors Valley Park Run.

Curriculum Content of each academic year

Year 9

Course

Content

KS3 National Curriculum

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How its assessed:

 

Year 10

Course/ Exam Board

Content

 

EDUQAS Media Studies GCSE

Advertising, film marketing, magazines, newspapers, video games and TV crime drama looking at representation, technical code analysis, audience issues and industry perspective.

How its assessed:

At end of Year 11

Course/ Exam Board

Content

 

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Creative Digital Media Production

TV crime drama, print adverts and video games and will produce your first coursework piece. You will practice a range of different film production techniques to develop these skills for your coursework.

How its assessed:

1 coursework piece:

Component 1 – 30%

 

Year 11

Course/ Exam Board

Content

EDUQAS Media Studies GCSE

Film marketing, magazine extract or the opening to a new TV crime drama and will study radio and music videos.

How its assessed:

2 exams:

Component 1 – 40%

Component 2 – 30%

1 coursework:

Component 3 – 30%

 

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Creative Digital Media Production

You will complete your second coursework piece reworking a music video or fashion magazine and will prepare for the external assessment responding to a client brief

How its assessed:

1 coursework piece:

Component 2 – 30%

1 External assessment:

Component 3 – 40%

Year 12

Course/ Exam Board

Content

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production

Representation of age, gender, ethnicity and topical issues as seen in examples of newspapers, magazines, advertising, film, TV and the Internet.

Close study of film genre and music video production.

How its assessed:

Unit 10 Film production Assignment 1

Unit 4 Pre-production Assignment 1

Year 13

Course/ Exam Board

Content

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production

Representation of age, gender, ethnicity and topical issues as seen in examples of newspapers, magazines, advertising, film, TV and the Internet.

Production of own short film for coursework.

How its assessed:

Unit 1 Media Representations Exam (January)

Unit 4 Pre-Production Assignment 2

Unit 10 Film Production Assignment 2

Unit 8 Responding to a Commission External Assessment (June)

 

Careers In Media

There are a wealth of different areas linked to jobs in the media from journalist, to researcher to TV or radio presenter. The 3 key skills you need are working cooperatively with others, using imagination to generate new ideas and being able to set real goals and devise a route to achieving them. However, most jobs nowadays need an understanding of how the Media works whether that is for a media-specific career or in a company that wishes to promote itself.

The LMI for All portal provides high quality, reliable Labour Market Information – see link below:

https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/

You can find out about average salary and how the workforce is projected to change. For example, within journalism the workforce is projected to grow by 5.7% over the period to 2027, creating 5,100 jobs. In the same period, 56.1% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 49,900 job openings.

Learning Pathways

Pathways at 16

Media can lead into A Level English, Media Studies, Performing Arts and vocational courses in production and design.

Pathways at 18

Example degrees are Digital Media, Media and Communication Studies, Film Studies, Culture and Technology and Media Management and Apprenticeships in Events, Digital Marketing or Media Assistant.