Mrs Conroy

S1 and S2  |  National 4 National 5  |  Higher

Media in S1 and S2

S1 and S2 Media introduces students to the terminology and key aspects of the subject. They explore, analyse, and create a range of media texts including still images, advertising and film. They get the chance to create their own print and moving image texts using digital cameras, DTP and iMovie technology.

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Media in S3 and S4

All students will undertake CfE Media at National 4 level in S3. This course consists of 3 internally assessed units: Analysing Media Content, Creating Media Content and Value Added.

In S4 students can move on to National 5 Media, this consists of two externally assessed units: Analysing Media Content and Creating Media Content. Students can also continue on the National 4 course from S3.

Third Year

The S3 course will consist of three modules:

Which will introduce the key features of media analysis considering such topics as how images and media languages work for their audiences, the use of narrative, how different groups in society are represented in the media, how audiences appreciate media texts and how media industries are organised and financed. The units will examine advertising, television drama or film and news in print and broadcast forums.

Approximately fifty per cent of course time will be spent on production and students will work in small groups learning the basics of video production and editing.


Students will be required to complete a number of written assignments at home. In addition they may be asked to watch particular television programmes and take notes about them and may also be required to complete work for their productions, for example, planning, storyboarding, scripting, or evaluating.

Examination Board Assessment:

This part of the course is teacher assessed and moderated by the SQA. Assessment will be by written assignments to be completed in class time or as part of the homestudy programme. Production elements will be assessed through teacher observation of contribution to group work, a production log book and a written evaluation of the process and the finished product. This is a pass/fail course.

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Fourth Year

In S4 students will undertake National 5 (or 4) CfE Media.
This part of the course will further develop skills of analysis and production. The course consists of two units, a single unit in analysis and a single unit in media production. The course will study a range of media including print and visual media, fiction and non-fiction. Students will study the crime genre in film and television.

In the production unit students will work in small groups to a brief and to a deadline to produce a text targeted at a particular audience. Students may be given a choice of media for their production – but currently the production involves using digital video cameras and iMovie to create a range of moving image texts.


Students will be required to complete analysis questions at home in the form of short essays on aspects of a text. Students may also be required to view selected television programmes or films on dvd or the internet. Students will be expected to undertake individual research for production work and may also be required to complete production work at home such as planning, storyboarding or scripting.

Examination Board Assessment:

Students will be assessed externally by the Scottish Qualifications Authority. The Analysing Media Content Unit is assessed by way of an exam and will take the form of long and short answers. This will form 50% of the final grade. Students will generate evidence for the Creating Media Content unit in class but all research, planning and evaluation work will be sent to the SQA for assessment. This unit also makes up 50% of the grade.

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Higher Media Studies

Entry Level: A pass at Intermediate 2 level in Media Studies or a good pass in Standard Grade English and in a creative subject such as Drama, Art or Music.

Course Description:

The course is designed to offer an in-depth study of the media industries, the texts they produce and the audiences who consume those texts. The course will cover film and the cinema industry, British television and press and magazines. Two thirds of course time will be spent in analysis, using six key concepts. Students will learn how to categorise texts, the language of images and their relation to sound and dialogue, how narratives work in fiction and factual programmes, how media represents the world and groups in society, what audiences do with texts and debates around media effects and how media industries are organised and what controls exist over them.

A second course unit will give students the opportunity to be involved in media production. We will be using the medium of video. Students will work in groups to make two productions for different audiences.


A considerable amount of homestudy will be expected for this course. This will include short written commentaries on texts and more extended essays in preparation for assessment – a minimum of six over the course. Students will also be asked to conduct independent research using libraries and, where available, the Internet or computer based resources. Students will also be asked to view selected texts on video or on broadcast television.

Scottish Qualifications Authority Assessment:

The Media Analysis unit will be assessed internally by means of two extended essays (around 2000 words).

The Media Production unit will be assessed internally through a student folio of research and planning, a production diary and an extended essay evaluating the finished products and the process of production.

External assessment will be by an examination with questions set by the Scottish Qualifications Authority. In addition, students will analyse an unseen text such as an extract from a film or television programme for external marking.

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