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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

Here you will find the curriculum information for Media Studies. 

Year 10 

Curriculum Intention:

The course has been designed for topics to be delivered as detailed below:

  • To ensure variety in coverage of all main set texts
  • To allow students sufficient time to complete component 3 coursework before mock exams
  • To provide different foci to allow students to maintain their interest, engagement and enjoyment of the subject

The benefit:

  • Students will have more time to revise, consolidate the main set texts
  • Students will be given more opportunity in Year 11 to improve memory before final exam using the Learning Scientists skills and methods

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

C1-SA: Magazines and Print Adverts

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

C1-SB: Radio and Video Games

20th April – 18th May

Preparation for Y10 Mock Exams: C1

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

C1-SA/SB: Newspapers and Film Poster

24th Feb – 30th March

C2-SA: TV Crime Dramas

1st June – 13th July

C3: Media Studies Coursework Unit

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

  • Students will able to analyse how media language, through its form, codes and conventions communicate meanings
  • Students must be able articulate how the media portray events, issues, individuals and social groups
  • Students will also understand how the media industries' processes of production, distribution and circulation affect media forms and platforms
  • Students will be able to identify how media forms target, reach and address audiences, and how audiences interpret and respond to them

Students progress will be tracked:

  • Through essays submitted as homework; timed essays in lessons
  • Through practical work completed in lessons
  • Through class based discussions and AFL in lessons
  • Through improved student data / marks

Employability skills:

The following skills are acquired and practiced throughout:

  • Critical analysis skills
  • Research skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Cultural awareness
  • Teamwork skills
  • Creative skills
  • Writing skills
  • Flexibility Working to briefs
  • Time management
  • Communication skills Critical reflection skills
  • Problem solving
  • People skills

Year 11 

Curriculum Intention:

  • To ensure variety in coverage of all main set texts
  • To allow students sufficient time to complete component 3 coursework before mock exams
  • To provide different foci to allow students to maintain their interest, engagement and enjoyment of the subject

The benefit:

  • Students will have more time to revise, consolidate the main set texts, using the Learning Scientists skills and methods to improve memory
  • To prepare students for A Level Media Studies, where much of the knowledge and skills acquired is developed further

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

C3: Media Studies Coursework Unit

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

C1-SA/SB: Newspapers

20th April – 18th May

C1: Revision of topics

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

C2-SA: Music Videos / Revise for Mock

24th Feb – 30th March

C2-SA: TV Crime Dramas

1st June – 13th July

Public Summer Examinations

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

  • Students will able to analyse how media language, through its form, codes and conventions communicate meanings
  • Students must be able articulate how the media portray events, issues, individuals and social groups
  • Students will also understand how the media industries' processes of production, distribution and circulation affect media forms and platforms
  • Students will be able to identify how media forms target, reach and address audiences, and how audiences interpret and respond to them

Student progress will be tracked:

  • Through essay’s submitted as homework; timed essay’s in lessons
  • Through practical work completed in lessons
  • Through class based discussions and AFL in lessons
  • Through improved student data / marks

Employability skills:

The following skills are acquired and practiced throughout:

  • Critical analysis skills
  • Research skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Cultural awareness
  • Teamwork skills
  • Creative skills
  • Writing skills
  • Flexibility Working to briefs
  • Time management
  • Communication skills
  • Critical reflection skills
  • Problem solving
  • People skills

Year 12 

Curriculum Intention:

  • To ensure full curriculum delivery
  • To provide variation in the topics covered across different terms
  • To ensure students are prepared fully for their internal mock exams

The benefit:

  • Provide key skills necessary for production work in design based degrees
  • To support students choices with their careers
  • To ensure students have the capacity to understand the role of the media in their wider contexts

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

C1-SA: Music Videos and Film

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

C1-SB: Video Gaming

20th April – 18th May

C3: Media Studies Coursework Unit

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

C1-SA/SB: Newspapers & Advertising

24th Feb – 30th March

C2-SA: Magazines

1st June – 13th July

C3: Media Studies Coursework Unit

Preparation for Mock Exams

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision-making and analysis
  • Demonstrate appreciation and critical understanding of the media and their role
  • Apply theoretical knowledge and specialist subject specific terminology
  • Make informed arguments, reach substantiated judgements about media issues
  • Demonstrate sophisticated practical skills through creative media production.

Student progress will be tracked:

  • Through essay’s submitted as homework; timed essay’s in lessons
  • Through practical work completed in lessons
  • Through class based discussions and AFL in lessons
  • Through improved student data / marks

Employability skills:

The following skills are acquired and practiced throughout:

  • Critical analysis skills
  • Research skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Cultural awareness
  • Teamwork skills
  • Creative skills
  • Writing skills
  • Flexibility Working to briefs
  • Time management
  • Communication skills
  • Critical reflection skills
  • Problem solving
  • People skills

Year 13 

Curriculum Intention:

We have designed the topics to be delivered in order to: 

  • To ensure full curriculum delivery
  • To provide variation in the topics covered across different terms
  • To ensure students are prepared fully for their internal mock exams

The benefit:

  • Provide key skills necessary for production work in design based degrees
  • To support students choices with their careers
  • To ensure students have the capacity to understand the role of the media in their wider contexts

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

C3: Media Studies Coursework Unit

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

C1-SB: Radio and Video Games

20th April – 18th May

Revision of all topics

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

C2-SC: Online Media & Mock Exam Revision

24th Feb – 30th March

C2-SA/SB: Magazines and TV

1st June – 13th July

Public Summer Examinations

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision-making and analysis
  • Demonstrate appreciation and critical understanding of the media and their role
  • Apply theoretical knowledge and specialist subject specific terminology
  • Make informed arguments, reach substantiated judgements about media issues
  • Demonstrate sophisticated practical skills through creative media production.

Student progress will be tracked through:

  • Through essay’s submitted as homework; timed essay’s in lessons
  • Through practical work completed in lessons
  • Through class based discussions and AFL in lessons
  • Through improved student data / marks

Employability skills:

The following skills are acquired and practiced throughout:

  • Critical analysis skills
  • Research skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Cultural awareness
  • Teamwork skills
  • Creative skills
  • Writing skills
  • Flexibility Working to briefs
  • Time management
  • Communication skills
  • Critical reflection skills
  • Problem solving
  • People skills