Media Studies

Media Studies

Department Information

Year 9

In Year 9 students complete a course of study which prepares them for GCSE Media Studies. All students are expected to develop skills in order to edit and manipulate, their own or found, images to a near professional standard. Students also develop or learn new skills in research, planning and evaluation; with these skills students go on to create fit for purpose artefacts such as magazine covers, DVD covers to scale and film posters. Students cover all aspects of the three Media Platforms which are:

  • Print – advertising – magazines – promotional artefacts
  • Broadcast – film – television – radio
  • Emedia – websites – social networking – blogs

GCSE Year 10 & Year 11 (One year course)

Taking as its focus the mass media of cinema, television, radio, newspapers, advertising and new media technologies GCSE Media Studies is an exciting and challenging subject which encourages students to critically engage with and evaluate a broad range of media products.

Students taking GCSE media studies will develop the skills necessary to:

  • Analyse media texts
  • Understand how and by whom they are produced
  • Explore issues of media ownership
  • Appreciate how new technologies are changing the way we consume media

The media is considered in terms of form and content, language, representation, institution and audience. Students have the opportunity to discuss and write about their experiences of, and personal responses to the media.

Learning Activities

Learning in Media Studies involves a wide range of innovative and engaging learning methods and teaching approaches. Students will learn a theoretical understanding of the subject, through engaging with existing media texts, before embarking on their own practical application of skills, to create their own media texts.

Students will:

  • Engage with and analyse all forms of media
  • Be given the opportunity to work in teams to create media artefacts
  • Work individually on the practical application of their skills
  • Develop skills in using media technology
  • Make use of the available photographic and video equipment
  • Evaluate their own work and the work of others

Media Literacy

Through Media literacy students will develop their critical thinking skills and understand how media messages shape our culture and society. In addition, students will learn the skills to evaluate media messages based on their own experiences and to create and distribute their own productions.


All students will be assessed by:

Controlled Assessments 60% of the overall grade

  • Genre – investigating genre and a print text of students choice
  • Narrative – investigating the narrative structure in a chosen film
  • Productions – producing magazine covers and contents

Examination 40% of the overall grade

The examination is in June each year and will have questions related to topics specified by WJEC. The examination is 2hr 30mins and is in two sections:

Section A students will be assessed on their analytical skills and their knowledge of case studies

Section B students will be assessed on their creative skills.

Departmental Staff

Miss Lucy Blackburn – [email protected]

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