Subject Information - Media Studies


Our vision is to equip students to both challenge, subvert and create media output.  We aim to provide both an intellectual and moral foundation for students who will become lifelong interpreters, users and makers of texts within a world increasingly mediated, shaped and filtered by rapidly increasing modes and channels of communication.

Studying the Media empowers our students. In a 2021 OFCOM report, it was found that 92% of 12-15 year olds watch video-on-demand content, and 91% use a smartphone, opening them up to a world of mediated content. Like many other subjects, Media Studies helps students define their own place in the world. An interdisciplinary subject, students might be looking at a text from the perspective of business and regulation, analysing meaning in a similar way to students of literature or art, or exploring the historical context which shaped both the text and responses to it. 

We are planning to run a school magazine and to visit the British Film Institute for Media courses, as well as to look at opportunities to watch content on the big screen.

Resources and support materials can be found on Google Classroom.

Further information can be requested from the Head of Department/Lead Teacher,


GCSE Media Studies

Exam Board



From a selection of briefs published each year. Worth 30%

Paper 1

Exploring the Media: 40%

Media Language and Representation in the set text booklet AND in an unseen text; Media Industries and Audiences via set texts covering film, radio, newspapers and video games.

Paper 2

Understanding Media Forms and Products: 30%

Language, representation, audiences. Industries and contexts via TV crime drama and music videos (set texts).

Link to the Specification


Teaching Schedule


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 9

The ‘language’ of the moving image. Acquiring subject specific terminology and how to analyse.

Genre, narrative and representation: the understanding of key concepts within the media studies theoretical framework. Analysis of texts.

In depth study of shadow texts (James Bond films) for language, representation, narrative, industry and audience. Assessment preparation including approaching  the unseen text and writing a 25-mark response.

Mini NEA to a given brief.

Year 10

Set texts for Component 1 plus exam question practice.

Set texts for Component 1 plus exam question practice.

Set texts for Component 1 plus exam question practice.


Year 11

NEA completed and evaluated.

Set texts for Component 2, plus exam practice.

Set texts for Component 2, plus exam practice.






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