Students study all aspects of media studies across their course, learning how to analyse and deconstruct media texts. Learners create advertising campaigns, their own short films and a magazine production. The subject will simulate media industry practice by responding to a brief from a client and being as creative as they can!

KS4 Media Studies

YEAR 10: GCSE Media Studies

Learning Outcomes

In Year 10 students should become comfortable with media terminology and the way media texts communicate meaning to an audience. They will develop their understanding of how media products are created for specific audiences and purposes. They will explore the relationship between genre, narrative and representation in media products, and develop their understanding of how they are interpreted by audiences.

Topics taught

GCSE Media Studies engages students in the detailed study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework: Media language; media representation; media industries; media audiences.

Students are required to study media products from all of the following media forms:

  • Audio-visual forms (TV, film, radio, advertising, 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 Year 10 we will explore the key concepts and apply our understanding of these to a range of close study products that include:

Television (Dr Who and Class)

Film (Dr Strange and I Daniel Blake)

Magazines (Tatler and Reveal)

Newspapers (The Times and The Daily Mirror)

Music Videos (Arctic Monkeys and One Direction)

YEAR 11: BTEC Tech Award Media Production 

Learning Outcomes

In Year 11, students will respond to a client brief and create a product in one of the following media sectors: audio/moving image, publishing or interactive. They will interpret the client’s needs and engage in the process of ideas generation, selecting and refining their ideas until they are satisfied that they have an idea that meets the requirements of the brief. They will undertake pre-production planning to demonstrate to the client how their ideas will be developed and then create a planned media product in response to the brief.

Topics taught

  • A range of media products across different media sectors
  • How to respond to a brief set by the exam board