Media Studies

You cannot escape the influence of the media, but you can learn to see past its façade - Robert Greene

It is a truly contemporary subject which is relevant to all our students’ lives. The media saturates everything we do in the developed world in the 21st Century. In Media Studies, we learn to analysis media texts and how they are constructed.  We can then use this to inform our own media production.  The subject is a mix of theory and practical production.

Students have 3 lessons a week

Exam board AQA

At KS4 students will learn the basics of media analysis and will use this to complete three controlled assessments, which combine media analysis and media production. For the end of course exam, students will study a specialist topic. In the past, topics have included Video Game Promotion, Crime Drama and Science Fiction Films.

The course at KS4 equips the students with a number of analytical and deeper thinking skills and creative practical skills including film making and editing, photography and web design





Year 10

Media Key Concepts and Assignment 1 – DVD Cover analysis and production

Assignment 2 – Students choose from a variety of media-based topics 

Assignment 3 – Students complete pre-production, production and post production work based on a choice of practical media tasks

Year 11

Introduction to exam topic (changes every year. Consult Frog for most recent and all specification/assignment information)

Final coursework and exam preparation

Revision and preparation for exam

Progression pathways and careers

Students are able to study Media or Film studies at Level 3 or progress to a range of college courses. Many of our students go on to study media related courses at university.

Media courses prepare students for the further study of analytical subjects such as English Literature and History. Students are also prepared for a number of media based jobs such as film making, broadcast production, advertising, marketing and journalism.

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Mrs Anna Beames, Head of Media

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