Has there ever been a more exciting moment to study the media? Everywhere you look across news and entertainment media and print, film, broadcast media and the Internet, we are in the grip of a rapid technological revolution that has turned the mobile phone into a TV and the industry on its head.
Simultaneously, the spectacular rise of dynamic new media providers and distributors from Facebook to Netflix poses new questions about the future. What will 21st century media look like? How will it grow and how will we consume it? Is it possible to control it or to ensure that it’s a positive force in people’s lives?
Media Studies teaching at Harrodian sets out to provide the analytical mindset that enables students both to map and to make sense of this dynamic landscape. At the same time we set out to build a foundation in the practical and technical production and presentational skills essential for careers in creative industries such as film, TV and advertising that are such a vital part of Britain’s economy.
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Harrodian offers pupils the chance to undertake a preliminary taster year in Media Studies which allows them to sample the subject before they embark on the GCSE curriculum.
Pupils study the OCR GCSE Media Studies course. For full details of the GCSE course visit the OCR Website or download the Harrodian GCSE Prospectus.
The GCSE teaches media literacy, providing a proper understanding of what pupils are watching, reading or listening to and the ability to analyse these outputs. It challenges pupils to reflect on how media has changed over time and how ideas and beliefs can be changed by media images and messages. GCSE also allows pupils to become media producers in their own right. The course provides training on programmes such as iMovie, Final Cut, FilmStro, Photoshop and Garageband.
Students study the OCR Media Studies A level. For full details of the curriculum please refer to the OCR Website or the Harrodian Sixth Form Prospectus.
The A level Media Studies course builds on the platform of knowledge and experience of the GCSE course. It provides an exciting range of modules that ask critical questions about the media industry and offers the opportunity to develop a wide range of essential, practical and transferable skills including planning, scripting, filming and editing a film and using a range of relevant programmes, including the Adobe Suite.
Students will also complete a coursework production unit from a choice of briefs.
For more specific year-by-year information, please refer to our Curriculum Handbooks/Information Booklets.
Head of Media Studies: Samuel Cullis
Teachers of Media Studies: Samuel Cullis, Thomas Grey-Parkinson