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Tues 28 Feb
Government and Politics Trip

Tues 28 Feb
- Year 10 Parent/Teacher Meetings

Wed 1 & Thur 2 Mar
- Year 10 Careers Interviews

Tues 7 Mar (7.00 pm)
- Year 12 Parent Information Evening

Thur 16 Mar (4.15-6.15pm)
- Year 13 Parent/Teacher Meetings
 Media Studies

Head of Department:
Mrs H Gillespie, BA PGCE

Teaching Staff:
Mrs L Gormley, BA MA PQH PGCE
Dr J King - MA PGCE PhD
Mrs S Seffen – BA PGCE DipHE


At Belfast High School, we are proud to offer our students the opportunity to study Media Studies both at AS and A2 with WJEC and are delighted with our track record of excellent results.
Media Studies is a contemporary subject for the 21st Century. This intellectually challenging course provides our pupils with the chance to develop the literacy, analytical, creative and technical skills required to secure employment within an exciting and fast developing multimillion industry and to become critically aware of the power which our media saturated world has on our understanding of current society.
Applying their knowledge of key concepts and media theories, students enjoy analysing and deconstructing a wide variety of recent artefacts, both moving image and print based. These include films, DVDs, television programmes, advertisements, computer gaming, radio, websites, newspapers, magazines and CD covers. This media awareness then informs the pupils’ own practical productions.

Facilities and Resources

The Media Studies department is well equipped and has access to a viewing suite for moving image texts as well as to a range of relevant computer based software and digital technology for media production.
To supplement the classroom experience, our students also avail of opportunities to attend the school Film Club, talks by guest speakers, external workshops and to complete their work placement within the media industry. Indeed, many of our pupils have continued their love for the subject into third level education and afterwards into employment within the industry.

We are also fortunate to have a team of dedicated Media Studies teachers who regularly avail of professional development opportunities and courses and who are committed to ensuring the success of the pupils within their care.

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