Media Studies

Head of Department: Mr. B. Wetton

About Media Studies

Our core aim is to educate our students about the contemporary Media landscape both domestically and internationally. Students have the opportunity to analyse and create a range of Media texts from the music, television, film, gaming, advertising and web industries. Students will also gain a valuable insight into the effects of the Media and how it plays a vital role in shaping the opinions and ideologies of society. The course content is at the forefront of cultural and technological development and is constantly evolving alongside the media itself. 

KS4 Study

Qualification: GCSE

Core/Option: Option

Units and weighting:

Unit 1 – Understanding the Media 40% (Examination)

Unit 2 – Creating the Media 60% (Controlled Assessment)


Units of Study

Unit 1 – External Examination at the end of Year 11

The Media examination focuses on a specific area and is updated every year. Students study the topic in depth throughout the final year of the course and receive preliminary material 4 weeks before the exam. This takes the form of a brief with a contextualised scenario. Students use this, under guidance from their tutor, to prepare for the exam. Upcoming exam topics are listed below:

2016: Science Fiction Films

2017: Television Quiz Shows

2018: Serial Television Drama

Unit 2 – Internal Controlled Assessment

Students complete a portfolio consisting of three assignments, all of which contain both analytical and practical elements. This includes an introductory assignment, a cross media study and a practical production. The foci of these assignments varies, however we try to cover as broad a range of media as possible to form a well rounded knowledge of the Industry. More detailed details of the assignment are available on the information sheet below.


- Supervised extra help and catch up sessions.

- Trips arranged in line with exam topic to cinemas and workshops where relevant and available.