Media Studies

Head of Department

Mr A Smith

Subject Overview

In Media Studies, at both GCSE and A level, students are given exciting opportunities to study various aspects of the media. We study a range of texts from television, magazines, music video, advertising, radio, websites, newspapers and video games.  Whilst much of the focus is on analysing and de-constructing how these media platforms are put together through examined units, students will also get the chance to create their own media products in the coursework element of the course. 

Media Studies allows students to develop an important, critical understanding of various aspects of an industry which has increasingly becoming a vital part of our everyday lives, making the subject more relevant than ever.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 Overview:

Media analysis skills are developed by studying a wide range of examples of media texts across different media platforms.  This means that students will develop a good knowledge and understanding of media texts are constructed in order to communicate meaning and engage with their target audiences.  Students are also introduced to relevant media theories which are then developed in more detail and complexity as they progress in their studies.  Students will also produce a coursework portfolio that consists of a magazine front cover, contents page and article.

Assessment at Key Stage 4:

Component 1: Exploring the Media - Written examination: 1 hours 30 minutes

Component 2: Understanding Media Forms and Products - Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Component 3: Creating Media Products - Non-examined assessment (30% of qualification)

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5 Overview:

The course for A-Level is a popular one and it is not a requirement that students have studied Media Studies previously, however a good pass in English is a prerequisite for the course. Media Studies at A level is based around the theoretical framework of media language, representation, media industries and audiences.  These concepts underpin all of the analytical work that students undertake with various media texts ranging from television, magazines, music video, advertising, radio, websites, newspapers and video games.  Media Studies is a diverse subject that provides students with a good knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of topics and areas so is suitable for many careers.


Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences - Written Examination: 2 hours 15 minutes

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth - Written Examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

Cross Media Production - Non-examined assessment (30% of qualification)