Curriculum Media and Film Studies
We have excellent media facilities in our new school and students enjoy access to computer and editing suites and a green room complete with specialist lighting rigs. They also have the opportunity to take part in media-based enrichment activities and go on exciting trips and visits.
In October 2013 for example more than 60 students visited the Play Expo in Manchester to try out the latest gaming technology and take part in workshops. In March 2014 a group of media students also had the opportunity to interview LFC player Jordan Henderson as part of a special day of events at our school organised by PlayStation.
A qualification in this area will help students to follow careers in film and TV production, advertising, journalism and graphic design.
Key Stage 4
This course allows students to not only learn a great deal about how the media industry works and how it designs products to sell to audiences, it also allows you to put this into practise with the use of industry standard technology such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver and InDesign. Assessment is in the form of 60% portfolio of analysis and construction work alongside a 40% examination on a specific area of media.
Key Stage 5
We offer an A Level in media which is a very popular option with our sixth formers. Students taking this qualification will develop technical and creative skills and some of the areas covered include magazine design, blogging, TV drama and how it represents a range of social groups, along with a study of the UK film industry. Assessment is 50% foundation portfolio in the form of a blog and 50% examination on the latter two areas.
An A Level in film studies is ideally suited to anyone who loves film and cinema. Students will learn how to closely analyse a film based on its construction and director's intention along with looking at sociological trends in cinema, the history of cinema and technological advances. Assessment is via the construction of a portfolio and a final exam.
LIST OF SUBJECTSART
COMPUTING & ICT
MEDIA & FILM STUDIES
PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS
RELATIONSHIPS / SEX EDUCATION
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