Media Studies

What is special about this subject?

We live in a ‘media age’, spending a significant proportion of our lives online, watching films and television, listening to music, playing video games and reading magazines. We depend on media to entertain, connect and inform us. Media institutions hold a significant amount of power. However, is this power used responsibly?

Media Studies teaches you to deconstruct media texts and the world around you. As well as exploring important issues – such as stereotyping, patriarchy and political bias – you will develop your creative skills by producing your own media texts.

We are a department with a track record of success at both GCSE and A-Level.

GCSE Media Studies (Eduqas):

Component 1: Exploring the Media

1 hour 30 minute written exam (40%)

Students analyse a wide range of set media texts, including film posters, newspapers, adverts and a radio programme, exploring the key concepts of media language, representation, audiences and media institutions.

Component 2: Understanding Media Forms and Products

1 hour 30 minute written exam (30%)

Students analyse a smaller range of set media texts in depth, applying all key media concepts, including the study of music videos and TV comedies.

 Component 3: Creating Media Products

Non exam assessment – completed in class (30%)

Students plan and create their own media produces, for example web-sites, adverts and film posters.

A-Level Media Studies (Eduqas):
Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audience

1 hour 30 minute written exam (40%)

Students extend their analytics skills through the study of music videos, film promotion and advertising, applying a wider range of theories from the key concepts of media language, representation, audiences and media institutions.

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth

1 hour 30 minute written exam (30%)

Students study television, magazines and online media (including vloggers) in more depth, applying all of the media key concepts.

 Component 3: Cross-Media Production

Non exam assessment – completed in class (30%)

Students plan and create their own cross-media production, for example a website with embedded video.