MEDIA

"Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it."

- Banksy

Media studies explores key issues in the dynamic and fast-moving world of 21st Century mass media in the digital age.

Media Department Objectives

Media Studies allows students to reflect upon and explore their place in society in relation to others in the world around them. It takes popular cultural activities and demands that students move away from simple consumption towards a greater understanding of art and culture. Students learn to engage critically with a variety of texts they encounter in their daily lives through different forms of media.


Key Stage 4

Students will study towards an AQA GCSE award for 2.5 hours per week. Years 10 and 11 are a combination of coursework and examination preparation, with Year 9 a fallow, exploratory and conceptual course engagement. The course is 30% coursework and 70% exam, spread across 9 Media Forms and two papers. The sole NEA coursework is a response to a changing Brief, and represents a single complex project with a Statement of Intent. At the end of Year 11 students are assessed on their ability to recall, adapt and communicate their knowledge of media products, Language, Representations, Industries and Audiences.

The subjects covered within this course are:

  • The Film Industry (not products)
  • Social Media
  • Music Videos
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Video Gaming

This course is perfect for students who are academic and analytical, have a strong interest in Media and would like to develop understanding of a range of Media products and ideas.

Key Stage 5


Media Studies

Students will spend their first year developing a range of key theoretical and practical skills of different disciplines such as pre-production, response to Brief and post-production. Students will carry out all the necessary work required to create a fully realised product and the centre has scored outcomes of the highest order against national scores, in the past two years. Students will project manage their webpages, magazines or adverts to a professional standard. In the second year, assessment comprises of a richer and more conceptual set of exams based on a range of Close Study Products selected by the AQA board, along with two complimentary productions.

This course consists of a single NEA 30% coursework response and two externally assessed papers which reflect the 9 Media Industries and concepts, which are extensions on the concepts of KS4: Audience, Representation, Language and Industries.

Film Studies

Students will spend the first year developing a range of key theoretical and practical skills in “micro analysis” and exploration of the “macro”, screenwriting and storyboarding, reflection and evaluation. The centre has scored outcomes of the highest order against national scores, in the past two years. Students are required to look at a range of films from US and UK cinema across periods, along with one European text. In the second year, assessment comprises of deeper exploration of Silent Cinema, Documentary and Experimental Forms, along with further Global texts and an extended screenplay or short film.

This course consists of a single NEA 30% coursework response and two externally assessed papers in both AS and A2, which reflect the range of cinema styles, types and industries which have emerged, to elicit a comprehensive appreciation of Film.


Independent Learning Tasks: Homework is an important part of the curriculum and the use of a projects and sketchbook encourages independence, imagination and good practice. Students should click the Show My Homework icon to login.