Media is a mixture of creative and academic opportunities. You can study how and why directors create meaning in their various texts and then apply this knowledge when creating your own products.
A Level Media – this course focuses on essay-based analysis of a variety of Film/TV/Advertising/Magazines as well as giving students the opportunity to create their own music video/DVD covers with original photography.
Most students already know about Media so we are building on this knowledge and giving you the skills to make what you know look professional. You can gain qualifications watching TV and movies and reading magazines!
A-Level Media could lead to Media or Film Studies degree courses or could provide the skills for careers in journalism, marketing, PR, advertising, graphic design or TV and film. Previous students have gone on to study degrees in Film Studies at King’s College London and Media Studies at The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Topics – Analysis of a variety of media texts – Film/Adverts/TV/Marketing campaigns/Computer Games/Magazines/Newspapers, Representation of different groups in the Media e.g.ethnicity, gender, age, national identity, how media targets their audiences,
Topics – Studying the Genre, Narrative, Representation, Distribution, Marketing, Regulation and impact of digital technologies of 9 texts. These currently are : Slumdog Millionaire, Hunger Games, Big Hero 6, Humans, Sherlock, Breaking Bad, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, Go Compare and This Is Abuse campaigns.
A-Level Year 1 50% Coursework and 50% Exam Two and a half hour exam on analysis of an unseen text chosen by the exam board, questions on representation and audiences using texts we have studied in class.
A-Level Year 2 50% Coursework and 50% Exam Two and a half hour exam on nine texts we have studied in class, three TV shows, three films and three advertising campaigns.
During the course students will have the opportunity to take part on educational trips and study visits including a London Trip every two years to visit Harry Potter Studios, BBC Broadcasting House, Sky Studios, Imax
We have a strong links with Media City in Manchester and FutureWorks.
Mrs A. Hardy
Associate Assistant Principal - Subject Leader Media
I was always told I would be a teacher but since my mum was a teacher, I wanted to rebel and I rejected this idea until I was a bit older. When I left Leeds University with my English and Media degree, I was determined to work in the Media so I wrote to every radio station in the area and eventually landed a job doing the competitions at WISH FM in Wigan. I then decided to go into Marketing and did a stint at two theatres in St Helens and Lancaster before I managed to achieve my dream job of working at ITV. I used to organize the competitions and votes for all the regional programmes across ITV working out of the old ITV Granada building. Eventually I realized that working in TV, although exciting, just wasn’t going to be fulfilling enough for me. My best friend was an English teacher and she very kindly let me visit her school to see what it was like and I loved it. I decided to study for a GTP programme and had a fantastic mentor teaching English and Media at Standish High School in Wigan. I then moved on to be Head of Media at Ribblesdale School in Clitheroe and then became Assistant Head of New Technologies at Accrington. The favourite part of my job is seeing the students grow in confidence throughout the years and sharing my passion for film and television with the students. Outside of school I have two little girls who keep me busy and I’m involved with my local am dram group acting, singing and dancing.
Numbe rof students achieving A Level grade A* - D (2015)
Student Work 2015
Directed by Chloe Avery – Year 12 Media Student – Half a World Away
Directed by Nicole Burrows – Year 12 Media Student – Lay it all on me
Directed by Samantha Gibson – Year 12 student – Big Girls Don’t Cry
Directed by Connor Wickham – Year 12 student – Let her go
I enjoy A-Level Media because it allows me to explore media with an open mind and notice small details that are hidden in everyday media texts by directors for the audience to decode.Karolina Rachelski
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