Media

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As we move further into the digital age Media is becoming ever more prevalent in our culture and society. As Media becomes more widespread and accessible the need for young people to be able to understand and evaluate the Media they engage with is important.

Media qualifications provide learners with opportunities to develop both theoretical knowledge of the media and the ability to create media content.

Learners understand and develop their media literacy skills and appreciate the opportunities and challenges that occur in the media industry. Learners develop knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of media literacy and the role of media in society.

Media courses at The Gordon Schools can currently be undertaken by pupils in S5 and S6. It is recommended that learners undertaking Higher and N5 courses have National 5 experience in courses with similar skill sets such as English, Design and Manufacture, Art and Design, Drama or Modern Studies/History. Courses are developed and taught by the department’s Media specialists Mrs V Ross and Miss K Abercrombie.

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NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Higher Media – The Higher Media Course enables learners to analyse and create media content, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context. Learners develop and apply a detailed knowledge of the key aspects of media literacy and of the role of media in society.

The  Highre course is made up of two mandatory Units as well as an external Course Assessment.

UNITS

– Analysing Media Content (Higher)

– Creating Media Content (Higher)

COURSE ASSESSMENT

Component 1 — question paper 50 marks

Component 2 — assignment 50 marks

Component 1 is undertaken during the exam diet as a formal examination in the traditional style. Component 2 is an assignment completed in class time over a period of weeks which is then packaged and sent away to the SQA for marking.

To gain the award of the Course, the learner must pass all of the Units as well as the Course assessment.

 

National 5 Media – The National 5 Media Course enables learners to analyse and create media content, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context. Learners develop knowledge of the key aspects of media literacy and of the role of media in society. More information can be found in the NPFC’s Nationals in a Nutshell Media National 5

The National 5 course is made up of two mandatory Units as well as an external Course Assessment.

UNITS

– Analysing Media Content (National 5)

– Creating Media Content (National 5)

COURSE ASSESSMENT

Component 1 — question paper 50 marks

Component 2 — assignment 50 marks

Component 1 is undertaken during the exam diet as a formal examination in the traditional style. Component 2 is an assignment completed in class time over a period of weeks which is then packaged and sent away to the SQA for marking.

To gain the award of the Course, the learner must pass all of the Units as well as the Course assessment.

 

National 4 Media – The National 4 Media Course enables learners to analyse and create media content, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context. Learners develop knowledge of the key aspects of media literacy and of the role of media in society. More information can be found in the NPFC’s Nationals in a Nutshell Media National 4

The National 4 course is made up of three mandatory Units, including the Added Value Unit.

UNITS

– Analysing Media Content (National 4)

– Creating Media Content (National 4)

– Added Value Unit: Media Assignment (National 4)

To achieve the National 4 Media Course, learners must pass all of the required Units, including the Added Value Unit. National 4 Courses are assessed internally with evidence being retained by the department for SQA verification.

WIDER ACHIEVEMENT ‘INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA’

Although National Qualifications can only currently be chosen in S5 and S6, there is a chance for S4 Senior Phase pupils to develop their Media skills. The Wider Achievement ‘Introduction to Media’ class offers pupils a chance to sample a flavour of the Media courses while creating some media pieces of their own. Some of our recent work is featured below – more information about individual projects can be found in the YouTube descriptions.