The Media department is run under the guidance and leadership of the English department and is therefore taught by two experienced English and Media teachers. We are a small, but highly successful department which is committed to teaching creative, technical and critical thinking skills in line with the WJEC GCSE syllabus. Through the study of the Media, we hope to provide challenging and thought provoking lessons in which the pupils take responsibility for both their practical and theory based learning. We encourage the study of a wide breadth of media texts from print based media, advertising and marketing to animation, TV drama and the interactive digital media. Our focus is to draw on the convergent aspects of media forms, organisations and audiences in this ever changing, culturally and socially rich, worldwide media community.

We are lucky in that every classroom has an interactive whiteboard and we also have the use of the English computer suite, equipped with 28 personal computers which support our teaching. Media software such as video editing has been downloaded onto the machines, which are used weekly by all media classes. We also provide real-life media opportunities by maintaining relationships with media companies such as the BBC and UTVMedia. Creative producers from outside agencies work with the pupils on projects such as radio advertisements, animation workshops and BBC World News Day. Last year two lucky pupils were invited to attend 12 Downing Street where they interviewed David Cameron and Nick Clegg. We organise school trips to the National Museum of Media in Bradford and Media City in Salford, which allows the pupils to see how the media world works in a professional, working environment.

We also have opportunities within the school for all pupils to become involved in extracurricular activities. The Ribby Media Team is set up to give the pupils a voice about issues within and around school such as pupil achievements, community projects or whole school events. The pupils are either sent on an assignment or submit approval for their own story idea. They are provided with a digital camera for filming and taking photographs of interviews with pupils and staff about events such as the Ribblesdale Open Evening, Children In Need or special assemblies where the school receives outside visitors. They also have access to the Ribby Media Moodle site in which they then submit their online reports. Their reports are checked and published onto the school website and some are even selected to go into the local newspaper, giving them a sense of pride to see their work on a live media platform.

Throughout Key Stage 4, pupils work towards their Media Studies GCSE through a series of controlled assessments and examinations.

Controlled Assessments 60%

Assessments will be based on the following assignments:

  • Two textual investigations, worth 20% in total, are based on two different media forms. These must investigate genre and either representations or narrative.
  • One media project, consisting of research, planning, production and evaluation, is worth 40%.

External Assessment 40%

This involves one examination for 2hours and 15 minutes and is split into two sections.

  • In the first section, candidates respond to stimulus material chosen from a topic set by WJEC. This section will assess the way the contemporary media is convergent.
  • In the second section, candidates demonstrate planning and creative skills through a series of creative tasks which also demonstrate knowledge of the convergent nature of the contemporary media.

For further information regarding this subject, please email the Head of Subject.