Our aim is for all students in Media to have the skills to enable them to turn intuitive knowledge into a ritualised strategy for learning. Our aim is for our learners to engage critically with both contemporary media and its historical context, focusing on issues of representation, industry, genre and audience. We want students to have the technical skills to construct texts that are creative and relevant to both media consumers and the wider economy. Above all we want students to view media as a tool to understand cultural diversity, technical convergence and aesthetic debate in a complex global society.
Media Studies is one of the most popular subjects at The Burgate School and Sixth Form with links to Bournemouth Media School and results that are consistently excellent. In part, the success can be attributed to facilities and teaching but also the way in which Media Studies embraces visual, kinaesthetic, and auditory forms of learning. Students can opt to take a GCSE course at Key Stage 4 as well as A-level Media Studies in the Sixth Form.
GSCE Exam Board: Eduqas and Specification
A Level Exam Board: Eduqas and Specification
More about Media Studies:
Media is often defined in relation to the study of discrete media forms (television, film, advertising, radio, magazines etc) and this is reflected in the diversity of units on offer at the Burgate School and Sixth Form. However, students are also encouraged to reflect upon the nature and purpose of the key concepts of audience, institution, representation, and genre. In addition to this we strive to position the study of media texts in the context of cultural history, exploring the social dimensions of technological change.
Our GCSE course is taught in purpose-built rooms and compromises both coursework and exam units. In addition to studying radio, television, and advertising, students have the opportunity to make their own short films utilizing digital video cameras and a purpose-built editing suite.
A-level lessons take place in purpose-built rooms and offer a range of practical and taught units. Students study advertising, video games, films, music promotion, newspaper, and radio before producing their own practical production. NEA briefs are released by the exam board each year and ask students to produce a cross-media production based on film, television, magazine, or music promotion.
Learning Explorations in Year 9
In Year 9 Media students undertake learning explorations within as series of lessons that draw together knowledge, understanding and skills from across other subjects to help them understand how this subject can apply to various aspects of real life. In Media we explore the representation of multi-cultural Britain in cinema and French cinema.