Media Studies

Course Content

Media Studies is an excellent opportunity to not only learn about how media products are produced and created, but also to develop analytical skills needed across most GCSE subjects. Students will study a range of media forms including: newspapers, television, music videos and online, social and participatory media. They will then analyse these products in terms of the theoretical framework: media language, representation, audience and industry. In addition, students will then create their own print or audio-visual production, understanding the processes behind this.

Students are assessed through three components:

Component 1 Component 2 Component 3

Exploring the Media

Understanding Media Forms and Products

Creating Media Products

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
40% of qualification
Section A: Exploring Media Language and Representation
Section B: Exploring Media Industries and Audiences
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
30% of qualification
Section A: Television
Section B: Music (music videos and online media)
Non-exam assessment
30% of qualification

An individual media production for an intended audience in response to a choice of briefs set by the exam board, applying knowledge and understanding of media language and representation.

Key Staff

Mr J Ward :
Teacher / Technical Support

Name: Mr J Ward

Role: Teacher / Technical Support


Mrs K McCarty :
Subject Leader for Media Studies / Film

Name: Mrs K McCarty

Role: Subject Leader for Media Studies / Film Studies