Students selecting this option will explore how and why the Media plays such an important role in our lives. 

    Year 10 and 11


    GCSE Media Studies

    Exam Board/Syllabus

    Eduqas C80QS

    Grade Equivalences


    Assessment Route

    Non Exam Assessment (NEA) 30% - Completed in class. Task bank changes each year. 2 exams at end of Y11 70%

    Students selecting this option will explore how and why the Mass Media plays such an important role in our lives.

    The study of the Mass Media revolves around four key concepts: Media Audience, Representation, Language and IndustryUnder each key concept a range of exciting and engaging historical and modern areas of Mass Media will be explored considering social, historical, political and cultural associations which will include analysing ‘relevant and hot’ topics in:

    Newspapers and Magazines

    Television Dramas

    New Media Technologies

    Advertising and Marketing



    On-line Blogging

    Video Games

    All students will be encouraged to develop a critical understanding of the role of the Mass Media in society.  They will be expected to discuss and evaluate a range of media texts and to develop skills in media production techniques. 

    The Practical Activity

    Students will be given the opportunity throughout the course to create different forms of Media.  This will allow them to build up their knowledge and skills on how to create a successful and creative piece of Media.

    For their final piece, students will have the freedom to explore their creative side by creating a music video  or a two minute scene from a TV Drama or they can create a print piece for example, a front cover of a magazine, a front page of a newspaper or a poster advertising a film.  Students can star in the footage or use friends/family, they can also use their own photography for their print piece or on-line images. 

    We have a range of fabulous equipment to help students create outstanding pieces of work. This is all supported by high-tech software to upload and edit their final productions into professional and engaging forms of Media.

    Year 12 and 13


    GCE A Level Media Studies

    Exam Board/Syllabus




    Course Entry Requirements

    In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

    GCSE Grade 4 in English Language and/or Literature


    Assessment Route

    Component 1 (2hrs 15m written exam 35%)

    Component 2 (2hrs 30m written exam 35%)

    Component 3 (Non-exam assessment 30%)


    A Level Media Studies will provide students with an in depth study of media products in relation to the four key concepts

    media language

    media representation

    media industries

    media audiences.

    Students will be required to study media products from all of the following media forms:

    audio-visual forms (TV, film, radio, advertising and marketing, video games and music video)

    online forms (social and participatory media, video games, music video, newspapers,

    magazines, advertising and marketing)

    print forms (newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing).

    In addition to the broad coverage of all nine media forms, students might engage in the in depth study of at least one audio-visual, one print and one online media form.

    Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences

    The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. It consists of two sections:

    Section A: Analysing Media Language and Representation

    Section B: Understanding Media Industries and Audiences

    Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth

    The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. It consists of three sections:

    Section A: Television In The Global Age

    Section B: Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media

    Section C: Media in the Online Age

    Component 3: Cross- Media Production

    An individual cross-media production based on two forms in response to a choice of briefs set by AQA, applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.


    Learning strategies:

    Independent Learning is the key term for this department’s teaching methods. You will be expected to organise and contribute to student led lessons.  This is a hands-on course and you will need to be prepared to make your own media as well as being able to analyse it.  A key attraction of Media Studies for both student and teacher is its contemporary nature and we will expect you to be able to bring up to the nanosecond examples of media products to our class discussion.