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Media Studies


Head of Department – Dean Tomkins

GCSE Media students study a broad range of Media content, such as: Photography, News & Newspapers, Magazines, Print & TV Advertising, Video Gaming Industry, Television, Music Videos and Websites, Film Marketing, Comics & Animation. 

Each module has been designed to provide balanced subject content with a strong emphasis on personalised learning, often engaging students through creative and analytical assignments whereby students work independently, often on computers, to explore their own creative ideas, and develop design and technical skills.

Media Studies is a subject filled with awe and wonder. The course provides students with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the impact of Media on audiences and society. The interaction with this world of Media encourages students to develop a curiosity and appreciation by studying topics that are inclusive and equitable, whilst promoting diversity. Quality First teaching within this subject focuses on broadening each student’s appreciation of different cultures and values that are fully compliant with today’s modern educational requirements and essential for a well developed individual. 

The Media Studies curriculum is also designed for students to develop their creative, technical and analytical skills, whilst developing an individual awareness and understanding of the media world around them. The Curriculum provides students with the opportunity to explore personal interests and develop creative skills accordingly, whilst getting hands-on experience of professional software programmes, such as Photoshop and PremierPro editing suite.

Year 9 - Foundation Year

Media modules studied in year 9 are designed to provide students with a strong foundation for GCSE, exploring a range of Media topics designed to develop creative and analytical skills. The Photography module develops student understanding of the importance of Photography in Media focusing on genre, propaganda, narrative and key media terms. News and Newspapers encourages students to explore issues surrounding journalism and the free press, whilst Magazines focus on the representation of gender and celebrity. The TV Advertising and Animation modules aim to develop student understanding of the moving image, filming, directing and editing of short films. Throughout year 9  students also create their own productions using their own photographs and filming, designed to develop students creative and technical skills, working with Photoshop and Premiere Pro editing suites.

Year 10 - GCSE

Media modules in year 10 are designed to meet the criteria of WJEC Eduqas GCSE Media Studies. Students will study a wide range of set Media products, covering Film Marketing, Television Crime Drama, Music Videos and Music Websites. Students are expected to analyse how each product is marketed to a specific target audience using appropriate Media terminology and to develop their own ideas. During final term students are required to Research and produce a range of creative and original Coursework Productions which constitute 30% of their GCSE.

Year 11 - GCSE

The modules studied in year 11 include, Print Advertising, Magazines, News, Radio and Video Games, each module is designed to build upon and refine student’s knowledge and understanding of Genre, Narrative and Representation in Media Studies, with greater focus on exam preparation. To ensure success at GCSE, students are expected to apply appropriate Media terminology and Theory to their analytical work whilst sitting the two exams at the end of the Media Studies course, both exams combined constitute 70% of the GCSE

Extra Curricular Opportunities

A weekly extra curricular Media club runs throughout the school year, in which students explore a range of different media mediums. The club very much emphasises practical skills, and allows students to get ‘hands on,’ creating short films and a variety of print based media.