English Media

Media in the Senior Phase

Media is all about the study of mass communications (newspapers, magazines, television, radio, advertisements, films and the internet). The aim of these courses is to enable the student to understand how the media works and how to look at it with a critical eye. Candidates will also gain practical experience of how a media product is made.

National 5
In the Analysing Media Content unit, candidates will study several films, both non-fiction and fiction, as well as other types of media (billboard advertising, for example) to learn how they are made and what the makers are trying to achieve and why. They will answer questions on this in the exam which is worth 50% of the final mark.

The Creating Media Content unit develops candidates’ skills to plan and create media content, and evaluate production processes, typically by making their own short film. Candidates will complete an assignment on this which will be worth 50% of the final mark.

National 4
In the Analysing Media Content unit, candidates will study several films, both non-fiction and fiction, as well as other types of media (billboard advertising, for example) to learn how they are made and what the makers are trying to achieve and why.

The Creating Media Content unit develops candidates’ skills to plan and create media content, and evaluate production processes, typically by making their own short film. This takes the form of a substantial assignment, successful completion of which will lead to an award at National 4.

Students who have attained National 4 or above in either English or Media are eligible for National 5 Media. All others will sit National 4.