Media Studies

Teaching staff

Mr S Campbell


GCSE Media Studies is an interesting, challenging and creative course that attracts students with a variety of interests each year. It offers rigorous but accessible learning on a subject of key importance for young people’s understanding of the world they experience. The course will enable students to develop media literacy through an exploration of contemporary media products, including advertisements, films, TV programmes, newspapers, magazines, and websites. These will be studied focusing on the key conceptual areas of: forms and conventions, audiences, institutions, genre and representation.



Pupils use a dedicated suite of Apple iMac computers to carry out video editing.  They also learn various skills using Photoshop.  Pupils are given the opportunity to create their own film posters, make magazines front covers, design music videos and artwork, and make a short film.


Formative Assessment:

Students will be assessed throughout the course. This may take the form of written assessments or the monitoring of coursework progress.  Homeworks may include preparation for coursework tasks, research or answering exam-style questions.

Summative Assessment:

There are two elements to the final assessment of this course:

Unit 1 (40%): Investigating the Media. A 1 ½ hour exam based on pre-released case-study stimulus material (the exam topic is changed annually). This assessment will take place at the end of Year 11.

Unit 2 (60%): Understanding the Media. A Controlled Assessment coursework project consisting of 3 Assignments:

Assignment 1: Introduction the Media; Assignment 2: Cross-Media Study; Assignment 3. Practical Production and Evaluation. This assessment will take place in during Years 10 and Year 11 (see course outline above).


Why you should consider studying Media Studies:

The subject will give you the opportunity to develop a range of multidisciplinary skills:
•Ability to communicate clearly through good written English (including the ability to apply subject specific terminology).
•Ability to analyse media texts, using textual evidence to support points.
•Ability to create media products, using practical media equipment and ICT

What skills profile a GCSE Media Studies student should have:

You should consider studying Media if you have developed skills in:
•Communicating clearly through good written English
•Analysing and backing up ideas with textual evidence
•Using media related ICT to create your own practical work

What opportunities will a GCSE in Media Studies lead to:

The skills in analysis, communicating, and using ICT that students will develop are transferable to a wide variety of different professions. There are numerous career paths one can follow as a result of studying Media, including: advertising, journalism, DTP, film/TV production, web design and graphic design. The GCSE course offers a solid foundation, upon which students can build with more specialised study of media in further and higher education.

Famous Media professionals include: Mark Zuckerberg, Danny Boyle