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      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.