Media Studies

Introduction

The WJEC Eduqas specification offers learners the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of these key issues and the ability to debate important questions about the media. It introduces them to a theoretical framework for analysing the media, which also underpins study of the media at AS and A level. The study of a range of rich and stimulating media products is central to this specification, working from the product outwards to develop appreciation and understanding of the media.

Learners will apply and develop their knowledge and understanding of media language and representation in relation to media forms and products, and become creators of meaning themselves. Learners will be offered a choice of briefs and forms within which to work, enabling them to explore and pursue their own media interests.

Our expectations:

Students will

  • demonstrate skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision-making and analysis
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of important media issues
  • develop appreciation and critical understanding of the media and their role both historically and currently in society, culture and politics
  • understand and apply specialist subject-specific terminology to analyse and compare media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed in order to make informed arguments, reach substantiated judgements and draw conclusions about media issues
  • develop practical skills by providing opportunities for creative media production

Career Value

London is one of the largest media capitals in the world and offers a magnitude of career choices in all areas of the media.

Media Studies can open the door to a range of exciting careers such as law, music, film production, journalism, advertising and marketing. As we enter an ever-changing media and information age, an understanding of how the industry works has become essential to all careers.

Why you should consider this subject

  • The media play a central role in contemporary society and culture. They shape our perceptions of the world through the representations, viewpoints and messages they offer. The media have real relevance and importance in our lives today, providing us with ways to communicate, with forms of cultural expression and the ability to participate in key aspects of society. The economic importance of the media is also unquestionable. The media industries employ large numbers of people worldwide and operate as commercial industries on a global scale. The global nature of the contemporary media, coupled with ongoing technological developments and more opportunities to interact with the media, suggest that their centrality in contemporary life can only increase.

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 79% grades 9-4.

https://creativeskillset.org/job_roles  has a  detailed description of 100s of jobs in a variety of media sectors to showcase the breadth of work in the creative media industries.

Spend 10 minutes going through this interactive quiz and see what media job is best suited to your personality: http://guru.bafta.org/careers-quiz