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Media Studies

How important is social networking to you? Has a film ever changed the way you think about something? Have you ever questioned why the models in magazines look as they do?  These are all crucial questions for our digitalised society and Media Studies offers the opportunity to explore the influence media has on our lives.

Media Studies equips students with alternative perspectives on life, culture, society and global identities. In addition to this, we provide opportunities for students to experience ‘real life’ media, working to real briefs for real audiences.

We actively encourage the incorporation of interests from outside of school as a vehicle to stretch and improve our students, providing experiential opportunities that can then be used within further or higher education and the world of work.  There has never been a more important time to be Media savvy; this is the predestined future of our young, digital natives.


Key Stage 4

TermYear 10Year 11
1Year 10 students commence their studies by completing an introductory, creative project exploring the theoretical framework of Media Studies (Language, Representation, Audience and Industries) through music products. Students will complete an analysis of
an album cover, followed by the creation of their own.

During the second part of the term, students embark on the study of their Language
and Representation CSPs and prepare for Paper One Section A.
Students begin the year with the completion of their NEA productions. Whilst class time is dedicated to the facilitation of this, it is anticipated that students will be working at home on this also.

In the second half of the term, students will revisit and revise Paper One Section A and B and their previous mock attempts to prepare for a new assessment for Paper One.
2Students will study the remaining Audience and Industries CSPs including two of the ‘In-Depth’ CSPs, in preparation for their mock examination which will be Paper One Section A, and a selection of Questions from Section B. The second term focuses on the remaining ‘in depth’ CSPs and preparation of examination knowledge and skills required for Paper 2, including discursive and analytical writing techniques. At the end of this term, students will complete a full Paper Two Mock.
3In term three, the students undertake a full mock of Paper One. The remainder of the term is spent preparing for the development of their NEA project, which will be worked on over the summer holiday.In the limited time available in the final term, students are given ample practice and revision sessions in the final preparation for the examination.

Assessment Information

In both Year 10 and Year 11, students undertake five key assessments, that are recorded throughout the year. The average of these marks will be aggregated to provide data reports on the students’ attainment.  In Year 11, grades will be awarded with the 30% NEA mark accounted for.


Key Stage 5

TermYear 12Year 13
1In the first term, students will cover six CSPs in relation to the theoretical framework (Language, Representation, Audiences and Industries). This will cover the key enabling ideas in Media as well as preparing them for Section A and B of the examination. Students will complete their creative NEA task at the start of the year.

In the second half of the first term, students will cover the CSPs for Media Language and Representation, and complete a practice examination assessment.
2In the first half of term 2, students will cover the remaining core CSPs and learn the skills required for tackling the analytical essays in Section C of the examination.

In the second half of term two students begin their NEA coursework – answering one of three creative briefs, creating a very high standard media product.
Students continue to work through the CSPs related to Audience and Industries and carry out examination practice questions.
3In term three students prepare for an end of year mock examination and begin work towards their NEA project. This will continue over the summer break and into Year 13.Students examine the remaining in depth CSPs and continue to develop and perfect their examination approach.

Assessment Information

In both Year 12 and Year 13, students undertake five key assessments, that are recorded throughout the year. The average of these marks will be aggregated to provide data reports on the students’ attainment.  In Year 13, grades will be awarded with the 30% NEA mark accounted for.