Media Studies

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Miss M. Downes

Head of Media Studies

Subject Overview

Pupils from Key Stages 3 and 4 who are interested in journalism, working in television or video editing are invited to join the Broadcast News Club which meets on Mondays of Week 1 and Wednesdays of Week 2. This will lead to students from Shire Oak taking part in the BBC’s School Report in the Spring term, where they will create a TV news report which could be shown on local or national TV news bulletins.

Although Media Studies is not taught discretely during KS3 or KS4, it performs a vital role within English.

During Key Stage 3, pupils are taught a range of technical skills which enable them to read less traditional texts, such as film, or cartoons. They are also given the chance to create a range of media, ranging from newspapers to advertising campaigns.

In KS4, GCSE English specifications require the analysis of a broad range of media texts. Therefore, the approaches taken to media in KS3 are vital, underpinning the learning required for success in English GCSEs.

In KS5, Shire Oak Academy offers a BTEC National Award in Media and Communication. The course adopts a highly practical approach to working within the media industry. Combining elements of research, journalism, and photography, the course is diverse and engaging.


Miss M. Downes

Miss M. Downes

Miss M. Downes


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