"It is no longer enough to simply read and write. Students must also become literate in the understanding of visual images. Our children must learn how to spot a stereotype, isolate a social cliché and distinguish facts from propaganda, analysis from banter, important news from coverage." Ernest Boyer, past president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and former U.S. Commissioner of Education.
GCSE Media Studies (AQA)
This course is offered to selected year 10 and 11 pupils as part of their English curriculum. The course allows students to develop their analytical skills and complements the skills they are acquiring in English. Students are assessed by three controlled assessments on print media, radio and website design and a final exam on a pre-released topic set by the exam board, a recent example being the music industry. Students gain a knowledge of audience theory, industry practice, practical skills and digital literacy. Details of the course can be found here http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcses/media/media-studies-updates.php
AS/A2 LEVEL (OCR)
This course offers a practical and theoretical approach to Media Studies and New Media. Students explore textual analysis of Film and TV, media industries - looking at the British film industry, evaluation of production work and critical perspectives. This reflects the growing importance of Media Studies as a subject and allows candidates to engage with contemporary media issues.
The mix of theoretical and practical work, and the widespread choice of briefs, gives candidates the flexibility to choose topics and interests. It’s up to the minute - this new specification is based on recent consultation with industry media experts. The coursework represents 50% of the total A-Level. There are no word limits for the production work, enabling creativity and flexibility.
There are many hundreds of different courses at Universities offering a wide range of courses studying media. Students can go down the academic, cultural social science route or into practical courses like film-making, new media and web design. There are no specific requirements for this course, although a ‘C’ or above at GCSE English is helpful.
Detailed course information can be found here http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-media-studies-h140-h540/ and the departmental blog linking to current students’ work can be found here http://mrsblacksmedia2.wordpress.com