Media studies


Media Studies is arguably one of the most pertinent and contemporary subject students can study at GCSE and advanced level. In a changing world, inundated with information, students need to be conversant with how and why audiences are sent messages from different media industries. Students need to be able to navigate this rapidly changing landscape with a confident critical eye.

At GCSE, students study a range of media products including news coverage, print media, film, music video and music promotion, advertising and marketing, social and participatory media as well as creating their own media product with a particular target audience in mind. This provides a wide scope for students to apply their own tastes and preferences to their study and results in an engaging and challenging curriculum. Study for the coursework begins at the end of the first year of study, and is completed at the beginning of the second year. Students sit two public exams at the end of the second year of study.

At A' level, students dive deeper into the theoretical side of media studies, considering the ethical and political ramifications of production and reception. Again, all media platforms are studied and students have the opportunity to investigate a whole aspect of the media that interests them, producing a media artefact and justification for the necessity of this artefact, relating to an identified ‘gap in the market’ within the contemporary media landscape.

Lessons are taught by subject specialists in a designated classroom with necessary facilities.




2 public exams of 90 minutes each. Both exams are worth 84
marks each constituting 70% of the GCSE

NEA (non-exam assessment) constitutes 30% of the assessment.

A Level

This is a two year, linear course with the assessment at the
end of the two years.

2 public exams of 120 minutes each. Both exams are worth 84
marks each, constituting 70% of the A Level.