Media Studies

Media Studies is a current, exciting subject which is a stimulating mix of theoretical and analytical learning and practical study. When opting for Media, students explore the fundamental concepts of Media: genre, narrative, industries, audiences and representations and are encouraged to draw on their existing interests and enjoyment of the media, examine the development of media institutions and analyse and explore a wide variety of Media including digital technologies. Students regularly use iPads, digital cameras and computer technology in lessons.

KS4 – GCSE

At Key Stage 4, students opt for Media Studies as a GCSE subject. We currently teach the WJEC specification which consists of two units:

Unit One – External Exam 40%

  • Section A: Thinking about the media – Investigating. Four questions: candidates respond to stimulus material chosen from a topic set by WJEC. Set topics change annually. This section will also assess the way the contemporary media is convergent.
  • Section B: Thinking about the media – Planning. A series of tasks requiring candidates to demonstrate planning and creative skills through a series of creative tasks which demonstrates knowledge of the convergent nature of the contemporary media.

Unit Two – Controlled Assessment 60%
Three pieces of work from at least two different media:

  • Two written textual investigations on two different media areas.
  • One media production consisting of research, planning, the production itself and a written evaluation of the production.

Link to Specification and Past Papers:

Key Stage 5 – A Level

At Key Stage 5, students opt for Media Studies as an A Level subject. We currently teach the WJEC specification which consists of two units across both AS and A2 Level Media:

AS Level

  • MS1 External Exam 50%: Media Representations and Responses
  • MS2 Internally Assessed Coursework 50%: Media Production Processes

A2 Level
Three pieces of work from at least two different media:

  • MS3 Internally Assessed Coursework 50%: Media Investigation and Production
  • MS4 External Exam 50%: Media: Text, Industry and Audience

Link to Specification and Past Papers:

Extra Curricula and Wider Opportunities

  • At Key Stage Three, students experience Media thought iCreate lessons and in Curriculum Enrichment Week.
  • Key Stage Four and Key Stage Five annually visit to London and a range of media based experiences