Media Studies

Media Studies

“Media Studies is an even more intriguing subject than I expected.This subject has helped me develop many different skills such as identification, independence and integrity in my work.”

Subject Specific Entry Criteria

  • Grade 5 in GCSE Media (if studied)
  • GCSE Grade 5 in English Language or Literature


Exam Board

Units Studied

  • Paper 1 (35%): Section A – News (45 marks) Set Texts: The Guardian/The Daily Mail | Section B – Media Language and Representations (25 marks) Advertising and Marketing, Magazines, Music Videos
  • Paper 2 (35%): Section A – Radio, Video Games and Film (30 marks) Set Texts: Radio 1 Breakfast Show, Animal Crossing, Snow White, Shang-Chi | Section B – Long Form TV  Drama (40 marks) An English Language compared to a foreign language text
  • NEA 30% Students must work individually. Briefs to be released each year on 1st March of Year 12. Suggested briefs: TV and Online (TV show extract and website), Radio and Online (pilot show and website), Print and Online (magazine and website), Music Video and Online (music video and website).


Course Information

Experience a range of media ‘texts’; films, long form television drama, newspapers, magazines, music videos, online gaming and radio. Make your own productions using video cameras and editing equipment. Research the institutions that create media texts and the audiences who enjoy them. Available to the department are a wide range of resources such as digital SLR camera, specialist lighting, a small studio with chroma curtains on tracks, giving the ability to create a cyclorama, and Adobe Premiere, InDesign & Photoshop editing software.


Possible Career Paths

A Level Media Studies offers a broad subject area applicable to a diversity of careers including: film, TV, radio, journalism, web design, photography.


Extra Curricular

Sixth Form students attended BBC HQ in London and the BBC Manchester (Media City UK); they also visited the National Media Museum in Bradford and had the opportunity to attend screenings after-school at the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham.