"In the 21st Century, the century our children will live in, the century they will in fact shape, media literacy will not be a luxury; it will be a necessity." -Linda Ellerbee, journalist and television producer.

To be proficient in Media studies is to truly understand how society communicates with itself. In 2018, the English faculty was pleased to begin offering a GCSE course in Media Studies to KS4 students using the new AQA specification. This course is proving extremely popular with students who enjoy studying film, television, newspapers, magazines, e-media, and journalism. The course is designed to encourage students to fully appreciate how these media products are constructed; how we use and understand them and the effects they can have upon the world. 

Year 9 Media

Year 9 is a preparatory year in which students begin to study the essential frameworks which underpin GCSE Media Studies: 

  • Media Language
  • Media Representation
  • Media Industries
  • Media Audiences 

During this year, students will be taught to use critical terminology fluently when deconstructing a range of media texts. Click here for more information on the Media Language and Critical Theory taught to our students.

Year 10 and 11 Media 

Students will be assessed through linear exams at the end of a two year GCSE course. There are two terminal exams for GCSE Media Studies. In these papers, students will be expected to analyse and deconstruct a range of unseen media products as well as several of 15 pre-scripted close study products (CSPs) which they will have studied closely with their teacher throughout Years 10 and 11. These currently include: 

  • TV: Class (2016) BBC (Episode 4)
  • TV: Dr Who (1963) BBC (Episode 1)
  • Online: Blogger/Vlogger Zoella
  • Video Game: Kim Kardashian Hollywood
  • Video Game: Lara Croft Go
  • Newspaper: Daily Mirror ‘Corrie Kev;s held up by cops over bust-up’
  • Newspaper: The Times ‘MPs call for inquest as Corbyn fails election test’
  • Advertising and Marketing: Galaxy advert
  • Advertising and Marketing: OMO 1955
  • Radio: Radio 1 LaunchDay
  • Film: Doctor Strange
  • Print: Magazine Tatler
  • Print: Magazine Reveal
  • Music Video: Arctic Monkeys – I bet that you look good
  • Music Video: One Direction - History 

Media 1

  • Exam 35%
  • 1hr 30 minutes
  • 84 marks

In both sections students will answer short and extended response questions on unseen and Close Study Products studied in lessons.  

Section A

Focus on using Media Language and Media Representations.

Questions will test any two of the following forms:

  • Magazines
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Newspapers
  • Online, social and participatory media and video games

Section B

Focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences.

Questions will test any two of the following forms:

  • Radio
  • Music video
  • Newspapers
  • Online, social and participatory media and video games
  • Film (industries only) 

Media 2

  • Exam 35%
  • 1hr 30 minutes
  • 84 marks

In both sections students will answer short, medium and extended response questions assessing depth of knowledge and understanding of the course.

Section A

Based on a screening from an extract of one of the television Close Study Products and can test any area of the theoretical framework.

Section B

Based on either newspapers or online, social and participatory media and video games and can test any area of the framework. 

As well as linear exams, students will be assessed for 30% of their overall grade in a NEA unit as per below in which they will create their own Media product to a specific brief. 

Non-Exam Assessment: Creating a Media Product

  • 30%
  • 60 marks

A choice of one of five annually changing briefs, set by AQA. Click here for an example brief.

Assessed by your teacher and moderated by AQA. 

Students are to produce:

  • A statement of intent
  • A media product for an intended audience 

More information can be found here.

Last Updated: July 2019