At Bodmin College, the three year KS4, 100 minute lessons and state-of-the-art technology is at the forefront of a successful innovative curriculum design that allows us to deliver a highly coherent and relevant content which challenges pupils, promotes outstanding outcomes and prepares pupils for the world of work in a modern media driven society.
All lessons are taught in state-of-the-art MAC rooms using programs such as: iMovie, Photoshop, InDesign, Final Cut Pro, Premiere PRO, Dreamweaver and After Effects. Students also have access to a range of media equipment for photography, sound recording and film-making.
In addition, we strongly believe that providing pupils with relevant real-world experiences is paramount to success and because of this we strive to embed projects and partnerships into the curriculum that not only inspire learning in the classroom but also prepare pupils for the real world of work in the field of Media. In Y9, pupils take part in the national BBC School Report project that allows pupils to work with the BBC to create real TV News Bulletins that is linked to the BBC Online website and write articles that appear on the BBC School Report website. At KS5, students have the opportunity to take part in the SHINE magazine awards sponsored by TES, Channel 4 and The Telegraph, work on films for the local film festival or BFI and get involved with projects with local businesses/charities such as creating promotional material. For example, previous students have worked with: Blood Bikers, Bodmin Town Cinema and the Bodmin Town Museum to produce marketing material.
Opportunities to enrich our students’ learning are many and varied. We have hosted guest speakers such as industry professionals from the British Film Industry and the BBC.
We have a great track record of retaining students who wish to study A-Level Media and work closely with the William Clift Academy to successfully promote opportunities with local businesses, the BFI and the SHINE print magazine competition that help our students get onto their chosen university courses or career path.
OCR GCSE Media Studies (J200)
Students will follow the OCR Media Studies GCSE. This is a linear course where students complete a Creating Media Practical Unit (worth 30% of the overall grade) in Y10 and sit two examinations; Television and Promotion Media (worth 35% of overall grade) and Music & News (worth 35% of overall grade), at the end of Year 11.
During Year 9, we introduce students to a range of practical skills and software, including blogging, photography, Photoshop, iMovie and film making in our designated Mac suites. We develop their knowledge of real media industries and products, pre-production and production phases and help them to understand the world they experience through the Key Concepts.
During Y10 pupils cover three of the five units:
- The Music Industry (Section A Examination Component): pupils engage with one in-depth study covering magazines, a comparative study of music videos and a study of contemporary radio.
- Promotional Media (Section B examination Component): pupils study intertextuality in media products from the same global conglomerate producer illustrating the media forms of film, advertising and marketing, and video games.
- Creating Media (Controlled Assessment Component): pupils apply their knowledge and understanding of media language and representations to create media products of their own, using the theoretical framework to express and communicate meaning to an intended audience.
During Y11 pupils cover two of the five units before sitting two examinations at the end of the course:
- Television (Section A examination Component): pupils engage with an in-depth study of one contemporary and one historic television products, responding to questions covering the whole of the theoretical framework and a range of media contexts
- News (Section B examination Component): News, students engage with one in-depth study of online news, including its social and participatory media. Students also study contemporary and historical newspaper front pages and how they illustrate changing social, cultural, historical and political contexts.
OCR A Level Media Studies
At KS5 we deliver OCR A Level Media Studies; this contemporary, accessible and creative course has been designed with learners in mind and allows students to study the media in an academic context and apply the knowledge and understanding gained to the process of creating their own practical media products.
OCR’s A Level in Media Studies is designed to widen the intellectual horizons of the learner through the analysis of both global and historical media. This specification will foster the development of critical and reflective thinking to encourage engagement in the critical debates surrounding contemporary media. The approach that we have taken in this specification will allow students to engage confidently with critical and theoretical approaches from the perspectives of both analytical consumers and producers of media products.
This course has been designed to inspire and allow all type of learners to continue learning beyond the classroom developing skills that will serve them in both Higher Education and in the workplace.
In Year 12, learners will study:
- Component 01 Media Messages Section B: Media language and representation. Students focus on media language and representation and consider how meanings are constructed across different media forms. This covers advertising and marketing, magazines and music videos.
- Component 02 Evolving Media Section B: Long-form television drama. Students carry out an in-depth study focusing on contemporary long form television dramas, one English language and one European (non-English language).
- Component 03/04 Creating media: Students create a cross-media product for an intended audience in response to a set brief. This gives them the opportunity to work independently and develop expertise built from their study in components 01 and 02.
In Year 13, learners will study:
Component 01 Media Messages Section A: News and online media. Students carry out two linked in-depth studies that focus on contemporary news in the UK, requiring students to explore how and why newspapers and their online counterparts are evolving as media products and the relationship between both online and offline news.
Component 02 Evolving Media Section A: Media industries and audiences. Students will explore media industries through film, video games and radio and audiences through video games and radio.