Media Studies

Students live in a media-saturated world. They have an accumulation of differing media that is designed to affect them in some way. From video clips on their phones, to TV ads to blockbuster movies, to posters at the bus stop, to the music in their headphones, they are surrounded by media messages for most of their waking hours. Media Studies teaches students to begin to analyse and make sense of them all. Students develop and understanding of what the media is trying to communicate — both on an obvious and a less obvious level. They can then demonstrate an analysis on how they know how much they have been influenced -consciously or subconsciously - by these media messages.Students discuss the idea of whether media reflects reality, or controls the way people view it. Students then use this to create their own media messages and identify how and why they wish to influence a certain audience/consumer/demographic.

Media Studies helps students to develop an important set of skills that will help them navigate the rest of their education and then, their working lives. Media Studies will also help increase students’ knowledge and understanding of: literacy, communication, design, planning, presentation evaluation, creativity, critical thinking, research, narrative structure, technology, politics, business, gender stereotyping, geography and demographics, history, psychology, culture and citizenship, as well as several other areas.

The Media Studies course follows the BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 Tech Award in Creative Media Production. It is the study of both traditional media (such as radio, newspapers and television) and the newer media (such as the internet and electronic games). Students will also be graded on their use of spelling, grammar and punctuation!

Throughout the course, students work on a variety of tasks and in various peer pairings/groupings. This enhances their knowledge and clearly supports any independent work. Students also have the opportunities to work in ‘real life’ situations to offer more depth and understanding about careers in Media.

During their studies in Media students develop a key understanding of codes and conventions demonstrated by different types of media. They also analyse how culture, belief, gender, socio-demographic, psycho-demographic, sexuality, race etc. are explored and represented in different types of media, for example, bias and opinion demonstrated on television, or representation within advertising.

Students enjoy and excel in Media Studies, as they develop an ownership (through choice of assignments) of their course. They have the opportunity to adapt to differing challenges and set themselves key targets. This course is supportive of future studies and careers.

Year 9 Students

Our current Year 9 students follow a different curriculum to Year 10 and Year 11 students. The syllabus develops the key skills needed to support the Btec criteria. The course follows the following assessment format:

  • Film Analysis – The Woman in Black
  • Television News Analysis – BBC News
  • Practical Pre-production Planning – Own product
  • Practical – Own product

Assessment Without Levels

The following document highlights the skills required to meet each grade using our new Assessment Without Levels system.

Media Studies - Assessment Without Levels

Curriculum Content and Skills


Name of Module/Unit

Year 10

Autumn 1 Component 1A - Preparation
Autumn 2 Component 1A - Completion
Spring 1 External exam preparation - Component 3
Spring 2 External exam - Component 3
Summer 1 Component 1B - Preparation
Summer 2 Component 1B - Completion

Year 11

Autumn 1 Component 2A - Preparation
Autumn 2 Component 2A - Completion | Component 2B - Preparation
Spring 1 Component 2B - Completion
Spring 2 Exam Resit - Component 3
Media Studies Staff

Mrs J. Vernon-Tinsley Head of Department / Head of Careers and Enterprise / Teacher of English


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