Media Studies

Subject Leader

Mr Marcus 


Ms Pooley

The GCSE and A Level Media Studies courses develop students’ understanding of key media concepts (the ‘theoretical network’). These include media language, media representations, media industries and media audiences. Students learn how to apply this knowledge to a wide range of texts such as magazine and newspaper texts, film posters/trailers, radio texts, online texts, video game texts and television programmes. The subject provides students with the opportunity to develop analysis skills, as well as making judgements and arguments based on evidence. Students develop creative skills in making their own print texts (GCSE and A Level) and online texts (A Level). Media students develop an understanding of the world in which they live, while appreciating how meaning is constructed by the media in our culture/society.

Key Stages 4 and 5

Both GCSE and A Level courses include 3 units as follows:

Component 1: the study of a wide range of media texts. Students study and apply media concepts to the set texts.

Component 2: the study of a smaller number of media texts. Students study these texts in more detail and apply all of the media concepts to each of the texts.

Component 3: this is the non-examined unit (NEA). Students plan, research and make their own media texts. This unit is worth 30% of both the A Level and GCSE courses.

GCSE and A Level Courses: Exam Board WJEC/Eduqas

Curriculum information


Media Studies students regularly progress from GCSE Media Studies to A Level Media Studies/Film Studies/BTEC Media courses. A number of our students go on to study Media at a wide range of universities, as well as other related degrees such as English and Humanities. A number of students are also applying for media related apprenticeships. The subject provides an excellent basis for media related employment and we have past students now working in radio and journalism.