Media studies: why does the subject get such a bad press?

The 10th most popular course at A-level is having a revamp, with supporters hoping it will shake off its ‘soft option’ image

‘Last summer there was a moment when there were concerns that media studies might be deleted,” says David Buckingham, an expert on children and technology and professor at Loughborough University, who spent much of last year fighting for the subject’s future in English schools.

The moment passed: new specifications for media and film studies qualifications were published last week. But will the updated content, combined with our media-saturated lives, swing more support behind media education for 14 to 18-year-olds, and reverse a decline that has seen numbers taking media GCSE fall from a high of almost 70,000 in 2008 to 50,000 in 2014, while the number of students training to be media teachers on the only specialist PGCE is just 13?

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The 10th most popular course at A-level is having a revamp, with supporters hoping it will shake off its ‘soft option’ image

‘Last summer there was a moment when there were concerns that media studies might be deleted,” says David Buckingham, an expert on children and technology and professor at Loughborough University, who spent much of last year fighting for the subject’s future in English schools.

The moment passed: new specifications for media and film studies qualifications were published last week. But will the updated content, combined with our media-saturated lives, swing more support behind media education for 14 to 18-year-olds, and reverse a decline that has seen numbers taking media GCSE fall from a high of almost 70,000 in 2008 to 50,000 in 2014, while the number of students training to be media teachers on the only specialist PGCE is just 13?

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