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Media Studies

Mr C Foxall BA (Hons)
Head of Media Studies
cfoxall@colfes.com

Why study media? What’s the point? What will I gain? These questions are often directed to us. To a media analyst it’s similar to asking, ‘Why should I be interested in my world?’ Media Studies is about understanding how our world is constructed and how we are encouraged to perceive it. If you understand how the media works, you understand how the world works.

We should also point out that Media Studies is not a celebration of the media. We teach young people to stand back, reflect and deconstruct their media saturated world. In fact, to call it ‘Media Studies’ is quite misleading. Yes, we use media texts but it’s much more than that. It’s essentially a cultural anthropology course. We live in a world where media is omnipresent. The largest and most powerful corporations are media industries – we need to acknowledge that many Colfe’s pupils will work in this field.

We therefore prepare them with ‘real life’ learning and practical skills, which make them desirable to institutions of higher education and employers. Media Studies involves pupils making their own films, writing their own newspapers, setting up their own websites, creating their own music videos and cross media campaigns. It’s extremely hands-on; pupils interact with modern technology in lots of ways, using the latest IT programmes and video and sound editing software.

We offer GCSE Eduqas Media Studies as an option in Year 10. In Sixth Form we offer two courses: the Pearson BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production and Media Studies A-level. Both courses offer our students the best opportunity to put theory into practice, whilst developing their creative skills and soft skills – essential if you wish to thrive in the workplace.

Finally, let’s dispel a common myth – Media Studies isn’t easy. It isn’t soft and it isn’t a ‘Mickey Mouse’ subject. Nevertheless, we might use Disney to explore issues of media imperialism, Marxists’ approaches to hegemony and the concept of liberal pluralism in a capitalist society. The study of media is a lot more than you may think.

A-level course details:

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Classics

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Computer Science

Computer Science and IT at Colfe’s allows you to learn the principles of information and computation thinking, understand how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through a range of programming languages.

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Design & Technology

Design & Technology at Colfe’s prepares pupils to take part in a rapidly changing world; learning to think creatively, become problem solvers and innovators, and design products to fulfil needs and wants not yet realised.

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Drama

Our aim is to help you learn how to express yourself, to explore your unique creativity and ultimately to become a confident performer.

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English

English teaching at Colfe’s is focused on developing pupils’ engagement with literature, introducing them to a range of writers and texts, and encouraging them to become independent, proficient readers.

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Geography

Our planet is a dynamic, complex and beautiful place. As far as we know it is unique. Studying Geography can help you to understand it, but studying Geography at Colfe’s can help you thrive in it.

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History

The History syllabus at Colfe’s studies some of the most significant events and people in British and World History over the past 2,000 years and aims to inspire a passion for the past.

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Learning Support

Learning Support is based in the heart of the Senior School in a well-equipped classroom with computers, ipads, an interactive whiteboard and an abundance of learning resources and educational games.

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Library

The Library is very much at the centre of the school, and is extremely busy at break and lunch times, and before and after the school day.

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Mathematics

Mathematics is the keystone to the modern technological world in which we live. It enables us to understand our physical environment through sophisticated modelling techniques and is the ultimate language of strategical reasoning.

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Media Studies

Media Studies is about understanding how our world is constructed and how we are encouraged to perceive it. If you understand how the media works, you understand how the world works.

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Modern Languages

Our carefully planned Modern Languages programmes of study will lead you to communicate in modern, real-life situations, using real contemporary language.

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Music

The importance of studying music can’t be overstated; it enables pupils to build confidence through performance, nurture creativity through composition and develop critical enquiry through musical appraisal.

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Physical Education

Through the Physical Education and Sport programme, our pupils experience opportunities to develop skills, which enable them to make informed lifestyle choices in adulthood and a lifelong love of sport and physical activity.

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Religion & Philosophy

Giving pupils an opportunity to engage with the rich history of philosophical and theological thought contributes to their personal growth and ethical development.

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Science

The Science facilities at Colfe's include nine dedicated laboratories with access to notebook computers, so that ICT skills can be used to complement learning.

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