Media Studies

The Media Department at Burlington Danes is committed to providing pupils with a current and in-depth understanding of the workings of world media. We aim to impart a comprehensive knowledge of audience, production and technologies, spanning an extensive range of formats. Pupils will acquire a confident grasp of creative and critical techniques which will carry them smoothly through their assessments. They will emerge from the course with an awareness of how we construct, receive and digest media texts in the modern world.

KEY STAGE 4

YEAR 10

  • Half Term 1: Introduction to Key Media Concepts and Terminology
  • Half Term 2: Assignment 1: Advertisement Analysis and Production. Key Concepts: Audience and Language
  • Half Term 3: Assignment 2: Cross Media Study on Music Promotion. Key Concepts: Representations and Institutions
  • Half Term 4: Assignment 2: Cross Media Study on Music Promotion. Key Concepts: Representations and Institutions
  • Half Term 5: Practical Production: Pupils introduced to Media Technologies
  • Half Term 6: Year 11 Preparation: Assignment 3 Research and Exam Practise

YEAR 11

  • Half Term 1: Key Concepts Consolidation: Media Language, Representation, Audience and Language
  • Half Term 2: Assignment 3: Radio research, production and evaluation.
  • Half Term 3: Exam Topic Introduced: The Promotion and Advertisement of Gaming
  • Half Term 4: Exam Preparation: Pupils to practise key exam skills
  • Half Term 5: Exam Preparation: Pupils to practise key exam skills
  • Half Term 6: Introduction to GCE Media Studies

SIXTH FORM

YEAR 12

  • Half Term 1: Exam Unit: Introduction to As Media and Key Concepts. Production Unit: Pupils begin research in response to brief
  • Half Term 2: Exam Unit: Pupils to research a case study to prepare for part of exam. Production Unit: Pupils complete research and are introduced to production software and technology
  • Half Term 3: Exam Unit: Pupils complete case study and Section B preparation of exam. Pupils begin Section A preparation. Production Unit: Pupils begin ‘mock-ups’ of media texts
  • Half Term 4: Exam Unit: Pupils complete Section A preparation and key skills are consolidated for exam. Production Unit: Pupils complete media productions and begin evaluations
  • Half Term 5: Exam Unit: Exam practise. Production Unit: Pupils complete evaluations and start exam preparation.
  • Half Term 6: Introduction to A-level Media

YEAR 13

  • Half Term 1: Production Unit (Mest 4): Pupils introduced to Critical Investigations. They begin their research into their chosen topics
  • Half Term 2: Production Unit (Mest 4): Pupils complete their research on the chosen topics. They begin researching their linked productions. Pupils are introduced to media technologies
  • Half Term 3: Production Unit (Mest 4): Linked productions are completed and evaluated. Exam Unit (Mest 3): Pupils begin exam preparation through case study analysis.
  • Half Term 4: Exam Unit (Mest 3): New and Digital Media case studies begin. Rep case studies kept ‘ticking over’. Unseen stimuli exam prep
  • Half Term 5: Exam Unit (Mest 3): Both case studies complete, constant revision in practice through presentation/exam answers etc. Intensive theory and exam style preparation. Synthesis of knowledge
  • Half Term 6: Pupils introduced to Media Studies at degree level and the media industry.