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The media - film, TV, press, social media - unquestionably play a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics. They shape our perceptions of the world through the representations, ideas and points of view 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 generate significant global profit. The globalised nature of the contemporary media, ongoing technological developments and more opportunities to interact with the media suggest their centrality in contemporary life can only increase.

The WJEC Eduqas A level in Media Studies is followed which offers a broad, engaging and stimulating linear course of study enabling learners to:  

  • Demonstrate skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision-making and analysis
  • Demonstrate a critical approach to media issues  
  • Demonstrate appreciation and critical understanding of the media and their role both historically and currently in society, culture, politics and the economy  
  • Develop an understanding of the dynamic and changing relationships between media forms, products, industries and audiences  
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the global nature of the media  
  • Apply theoretical knowledge and specialist subject specific terminology to analyse and compare media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed  
  • Make informed arguments, reach substantiated judgements and draw conclusions about media issues  
  • Engage in critical debate about academic theories used in media studies  a
  • Appreciate how theoretical understanding supports practice and practice supports theoretical understanding  
  • Demonstrate sophisticated practical skills by providing opportunities for creative media production.

Students can go on to study many different aspects of Media at HE or University level. Media Studies combines well with English, Photography, History and Art. The new specification is 70% exam based, 30% practical coursework - film and print - using industry-standard software on iMac computers.

Viv Spencer

HoD Media Studies

Teacher of Art & Photography

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