Media Studies is offered at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 within the school. Pupils in Year 10 can opt to take AQA GCSE Media Studies. Sixth Form students can take AQA AS Level Media Studies and AQA A2 Level Media Studies. All courses involve coursework which is internally assessed as well as an external assessment in the form of a written examination.
The subject incorporates a range of disciplines from art to economics. Fundamentally though studens need to be able to critically analyse modern media texts (especially Film, TV Drama, Advertising, News and Documentary).
Students also carry out a range of practical work producing their own media products. ICT is frequently used to produce magazine front covers, film posters, advertising campaigns and websites.
The department specialises in TV and Film production. All students digitally produce a range of video projects from trailers to film shorts (both factual and fictional). Students have in the past won Film Festivals and Competitions both locally and nationally.
Many students go onto study media-related courses at University ranging from Journalism, Film Production, Advertising and Marketing, to TV Broadcasting.
Extra-curricular activities such as a Key Stage 3 film-making club and a whole-school Film Club are provided. GCSE trips to the News Centre in Portsmouth and the Movieum and IMAX cinema in London are also offered as part of the media experience at Bishop Luffa. A2 media students also travel to Paris to enjoy the Cinema Rex’s backstage interactive tour and the Walt Disney Studios at Disneyland.
For further details follow these links:
GCSE Media Studies exam specification (from September 2017