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Welcome to the Media and Film Studies department

Department Staff

Mr M Vinnicombe Subject Leader: Media and Film

Teaching and Learning co-lead- KS5

Lead Practitioner – CPD

Mr T Prior KS4 Coordinator and EPQ Coordinator
Mr M Burdfield
Media Technician and filmographer/ Instructor

Our Vision within the Film and Media department is to help our students to become active and critical audiences of the mass media. We want students to take responsibility for their Media consumption habits and help them to understand the effects of their choices. We want them to critically engage with Media products and understand how mass media can be used both positively and negatively, preparing them to observe trends critically and with a balanced perspective.  We also see the creative potential of the media and encourage our students to become active producers of Media texts with the wealth of equipment at their disposal.

Fundamentally, we hope that students studying Film and Media at Trinity you will develop a passion for creating your own Media products and that this is something you will continue to pursue after you complete your studies.

Student Entitlement:

In addition to their general entitlements, students have an entitlement to the following experiences in Media Studies:

  • To have the opportunity to see a wide and varied selection of media texts, reflecting a diversity of cultures.
  • To be instructed in the skills which will enable them to examine those texts with critical detachment.
  • To be encouraged to develop a personal and creative response.
  • To receive practical instruction in media technology enabling them to create their own media texts.
  • To be given tasks which will ensure progression, depth and academic rigour.
  • To make use of a variety of equipment related to media production, as well as books, media and other resources where appropriate.
  • To work in a climate which enhances learning, encourages dialogue and which fosters personal development and personal responsibility.

 

GCSE MEDIA STUDIESEDUQAS

The syllabus is designed to enable students to develop a critical awareness of the role of the mass media in society.  Students will study media institutions, such as the film industry, British Broadcasting and the press. They will also study media audiences: how media products affect audiences. Media ‘language’ will be studied, not only the language of the press, but the ‘language’ of film and television. Students will learn about narrative construction, composition and mise en scene and they will do this through analysis and also through practical production. An important aspect of media study is the representation of various groups in society and students will look at the stereotyping of gender and ethnic groups.

During year ten, pupils will be guided through a Media Studies induction unit that will focus on topics that include an introduction to Media Language and Textual Analysis of both the photographic and moving image. The Induction unit is to last three/four weeks to reflect the increase in content in the new specifications.

Students will undertake practical sessions this year in order to develop the practical skills required to attack the NEA with a level of confidence that might previously have been lacking

Students will study a range of media forms and genres with a focus on media language, representation and contexts.  This will look specifically at print advertisements, magazine front covers, film posters, newspapers and video games.  The students will spend the final half term working on component 3 – the NEA which is a practical production.

During year eleven, pupils will return to and improve their coursework productions and from there embark upon learning for component 2.  In this component students learn about representation and audience issues related to television crime drama.  They must also study industry issues.  They move on to look at the same areas in relation to music video and online media.  The course ends with an in-depth revision unit.

Component 1: Exploring the Media

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

40% of qualification

Section A: Exploring Media Language and Representation

This section assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following print media forms: magazines, marketing (film posters), newspapers, or print advertisements. There are two questions in this section:

  • one question assessing media language in relation to one set product (reference to relevant contexts may be required)
  • one two-part question assessing representation in relation to one set product and one unseen resource in the same media form.

 

Part (a) is based on media contexts. Part (b) requires comparison through an extended response.

Section B: Exploring Media Industries and Audiences

This section assesses two of the following media forms: film, newspapers, radio, video games. It includes:

  • one stepped question on media industries
  • one stepped question on audiences.

Component 2: Understanding Media Forms and Products

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

30% of qualification

This component assesses all areas of the theoretical framework and contexts of the media in relation to television and music.

Section A: Television

  • one question on either media language or representation, which will be based on an extract from one of the set television programme episodes to be viewed in the examination (reference to relevant contexts may be required)
  • one question on media industries, audiences or media contexts.

 

Section B: Music (music videos and online media)

  • one question on either media language or representation (reference to relevant contexts may be required)
  • one question on media industries, audiences or media contexts.

Component 3: Creating Media Products

Non-exam assessment

30% of qualification

An individual media production for an intended audience in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, applying knowledge and understanding of media language and representation.

A LEVEL MEDIA STUDIES – EDUQAS

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences

Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes

35% of qualification

 

Section A:  Analysing Media Language and Representation

This section assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following media forms: advertising, marketing, music video or newspapers. There are two questions in this section:

  • one question assessing media language in relation to an unseen audio-visual or print resource
  • one extended response comparison question assessing representation in one set product and an unseen audio-visual or print resource in relation to media contexts.

Section B:  Understanding Media Industries and Audiences

This section assesses two of the following media forms – advertising, marketing, film, newspapers, radio, video games – and media contexts.

It includes:

  • one stepped question on media industries
  • one stepped question on audiences.

 

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

35% of qualification

The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. It consists of three sections:

Section A – Television in the Global Age

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

Section B – Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

Section C – Media in the Online Age

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

 

Component 3: Cross-Media Production

Non-exam assessment

30% of qualification

An individual cross-media production based on two forms in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.

 

A LEVEL FILM STUDIESEDUQAS

 

Component 1 – Varieties of Film and Filmmaking (35% of qualification)

This unit will require students to study three different sections.  Part A is a two-film comparative study in which students look at two Hollywood films from 1930-1990.  Section B is another two-film study which looks at American Film since 2005.  Section C focuses on British film since 1995 and examines two different films.

Assessment

This exam will consist of a two-and-a-half-hour paper and is worth 35% of the overall mark

 

Component 2 – Global Filmmaking Perspectives (35% of qualification)

This unit will require students to study four different sections.  Part A is a two-film study in which students look at two foreign language films (Pan’s Labyrinth & City of God).  Section B asks students to analyse documentaries and looks at different filmmaker’s theories of documentary.  Section C focuses on silent cinema and Section D looks at experimental film (Pulp Fiction).

Assessment

This exam will consist of a two-and-a-half-hour paper and is worth 35% of the overall mark.

 

Component 3:  NEA (30% of qualification)

The internally assessed non-examination assessment unit is a practical production which is completed in the final term of Year 12.  It requires students to individually plan, film and edit a short film as well as write an evaluation.

Assessment

This component is internally assessed and moderated.  It is worth 30% of the overall A Level mark.

 

DIGITAL MEDIA CTEC – Certificate/Extended CertificateOCR

 We are excited to be offering this course for the first time in 2021/22.

This course helps students develop the knowledge and practical skills required in the digital media industry. Students gain hands-on experience of the production process, developing their ideas from planning, through editing and post-production, to final presentation.

Throughout year 12 and 13 students will look at an extensive range of centre assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities, as well as examined units on Media products and audiences and Pre-production and planning.

The students will have the opportunity to use our specialist editing hardware and software to develop products and promotional materials that are designed as close to industry standard as possible.

The course is split into 50% practical, centre assessed units and 50% examined, externally assessed units.  This provides an ideal alternative to the A-Level offerings, with a much more practical based approach to learning.

Students looking to move into the industry, or with a keen interest in digital media, design and with a creative spark are encouraged to take this course.