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Media Studies

Key Stage 4


The GCSE in Media Studies is an engaging and rewarding course for students who are willing to think critically and analytically about things that most people will see as leisurely activities (such as watching films and TV shows or logging into their social media accounts). It is important for students to understand that Media Studies requires organisation, passion and discipline. Those who connect personally with the subject outside of lessons, will be the most rewarded.  

Exam Board: WJEC/ Eduqas

  • Component one: Exploring the media– Exam 40%
  • Component two: Understanding media forms and products- Exam 30%
  • Component three: Creating media products- Coursework – Magazines production 30%


Key Stage 5


The reformed Media Studies syllabus will enable students to demonstrate the following skills of analytical deconstruction, critical thinking, research, commercial and cultural awareness of the media and creative industries, teamwork and initiation and development of creative work in writing, audio-visual or other electronic media:

  • Engage with a critical approach to media issues (including social, cultural, economic and historical).
  • Use both theoretical and practical approaches to the framework of the course, in order to understand the process of media construction.
  • Learn and apply subject specialist terminology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how audiences are targeted and how relationships are formed between consumer and provider.
  • Build an awareness of how the media influences the global community.
  • Learn and apply various academic theories, such as Marxism & Cultural Hegemony.
  • Demonstrate sophisticated practical skills.


Non-Examined Assessment (30% of qualification)

Students will be expected to create an individual cross-media production piece, in one of a number of different forms, where they will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework alongside showcasing practical skills in response to a choice of briefs set annually by the exam board. The forms that students can choose to work within include, TV, Film Marketing, Music Marketing and Online options. The intended audience and industry context are specified in each brief.


Examined units (Two Papers, 70% of the qualification)

Learners will develop their understanding through the consistent application of the four elements of the theoretical framework:

  • Media Language: how the media through their forms, codes, conventions and techniques communicate meanings
  • Media Representations: how the media portray events, issues, individuals and social groups
  • Media Industries: how the media industries’ processes of production, distribution and circulation affect media forms and platforms media audiences: how media forms target, reach and address audiences, how audiences interpret and respond to them and how members of audiences become producers


In addressing these issues, students will study nine different media forms. These are:

  • Television
  • Film
  • Radio
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Online, social and participatory media
  • Video games
  • Music videos

Subject Leader: Miss L Parsons