This is an A level qualification. The AS Level is taken in Year 12 and A2 in Year 13. The course is taught by English teachers who have an expertise in Media Studies. Students are taught for eight lessons a fortnight in Year 12, and ten lessons a fortnight in Year 13.
Two modules are studied each year, one of which is coursework and one of which is examined. Each module is worth an equal number of marks.
Year 12 1. Examined module – Investigating Media
(a) Analysis of moving image (b) Cross-media Case Study
(a) Practical Production (b) Print media production
Year 13 1. Examined module – Media Research and Production
Identity in the Media
Critical Investigation with a linked production
This is both teacher- assessed (in the case of the coursework) and marked by the exam board (in the case of the examined modules).
Students would be expected to have gained at least a Grade B in GCSE English Language.
This qualification would open up for a student the opportunity to study for any media-related degree, or any post-18 qualification which requires a range of A Levels. This would open up the possibility of working in any graduate employment area, including the media industry.
A variety of methods will be used. Some of the time, discussion will be led by the teacher, sometimes the students. There will be a lot of collaborate group work. Teachers will provide guidance for individuals. Individual and group tutorials will be given as appropriate. Homework will be regularly set, and there will be opportunity for independent study. Students will be given plenty of advice on study skills and how to revise.
Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.
GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.
Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.
Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!
The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)