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Media Studies

Head of Department:  Mrs K Calvert

Teachers:  Mrs Fernandez

Technicians:  Mr Fiveash

The Media Studies Department works with the English Department at KS3 to deliver a topic on news broadcasting to year 8 and 9 students in preparation for the National BBC School Report day in March.  We are currently offering OCR GCSE Media Studies which focuses on Magazine Production, Film analysis and Documentary; giving students a range of academic and practical skills.  Some students continue the course into A level although this is not a requirement.  At A level the theoretical units cover a variety of topics, from the British film industry to issues of representation in TV drama and postmodern film.   The coursework modules enable students to work autonomously in production groups developing filming and editing skills to challenging briefs.

Co-curricular Activities

The department runs a number of extra-curricular learning opportunities, including the BBC School Report, a filming trip to Brighton and Wilderness Woods, cinema visits, courses at the National Film Theatre, an Oscars Award ceremony and in-house filmmaking clubs at lunchtime.

Year 13 Music Video (A*)

GCSE: Years 10 and 11

GCSE: Years 10 and 11

We are offering OCR GCSE Media Studies to two sets of Year 10 students. The course in Year 10 will focus on Magazine Production and TV and Film documentary. In Year 11, exam preparation includes analysis of an unseen sequence from a feature film, considering forms, conventions and representation.  The second topic focuses on TV broadcasting, including scheduling and targeting audiences, with a focus on comedy programming.

A Level: Years 12 and 13

Qualifications needed: GCSE English Language grade 6. You do not need to have taken GCSE Media Studies.

The course challenges the students to evaluate critically how media texts are produced, the meaning that they convey, how audiences consume and interpret the texts, as well as the institutions that produce and control the flow of information. We study media forms such as TV drama, magazines, music videos, print advertising and new media technologies such as video blogging. The students have the opportunity to learn Publisher, Adobe Photoshop and Davinchi Resolve to create their own media texts. Creative, independent learning skills are essential, as is the desire to engage in lively discussion and debate in class. An interest in contemporary media forms such as news, social media and music is useful to the course.


What is assessed?

Assessment Outline


Section A will focus on Media Language and Media Representations.
Questions in this section will test the following forms:

  • advertising and marketing
  • music video.

Section B will focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences.
Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:

  • radio
  • newspapers
  • film (industries only).


2 hour exam, 84 marks


Questions will focus on the in-depth media forms of television, magazines and online, social and participatory media/video games.


2 hour exam, 84 marks


Application of knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework.

  • Ability to create media products.

Tasks: Students produce a statement of intent and then a cross-media production made for an intended audience.

Audio Visual: Produce an original music video to promote a new or unsigned artist or band.

Print: A front cover and double page spread feature article for a new, original music magazine including an interview with the artist or band


A Choice of six annually changing briefs, set by AQA, 60 marks.

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Careers Education

  • The department has a successful track record of students proceeding to study Film Production, Animation, Journalism, Advertising and Marketing at University. Many of those have then gone on to secure jobs in the industry.
  • We are able to offer advice on different courses and universities related to the subject through visits and feedback from students. We encourage students to expand their portfolios by participating in independent projects and external competitions.
  • We have a lot of resources in the department to encourage students to widen their knowledge and expertise of the subject such as films on our youtube channel (, examples of past work, student media magazines and books.
  • We have guest speakers from the industry coming in to speak about their specific roles and possible pathways into their work.