Wholeschool Portal | Home 21 October 2017



Mon 30 Oct – Fri 3 Nov (inc)
- Half-Term (Hallowe’en)

Tue 7 Nov (no pupils to attend)
- School Development Day

Wed 20 Dec (12.20 pm finish)
- Last day of Christmas Term

Thur 21 Dec – Tue 2 Jan (inc)
- Christmas Holidays

 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. With the current changes to A Level courses, the new A Level Media Studies course is still to be confirmed for pupils starting to study Media Studies in Year 13, in September 2017.

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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