Today we’re surrounded by media wherever we look. There’s the internet, TV, film, radio, magazines, papers … the list goes on.

Not only is Media Studies interesting and relevant, it gives you valuable skills to help understand the world around you. You can apply many of these skills to GCSE English too – students often do better in English when they take Media Studies as well.

Hoping for a career in the exciting, innovative and competitive entertainment and media industries? GCSE Media Studies will give you a great head start.


Staff in Media Studies

Mr Sanna  – Lead Subject Teacher


Media Curriculum

All students choosing Media Studies as an option subject from 2016-17 will be sitting the Eduqas (WJEC) 9-1 GCSE.

Current Year 11 students will be the last to sit the AQA GCSE A*-G qualification.

In Year 9, we focus on basic subject terminology and building practical skills required for the Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) component of the GCSE. In Year 10 and 11, students will study the key concepts in depth, discuss and analyse the set texts and complete the NEA component.

Current Year 11 students work on their final assignment until Christmas before preparing for this year’s exam topic – Serial Television Drama.

Eduqas GCSE – From 2016 

Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4
Year 9 Introduction to Media

Students look at the four key concept areas of Media Studies – Language, Institutions, Audience and Representation

One Minute Film Project

In this unit, students learn some of the media language used specifically for moving image. They then apply these terms practically in planning and producing a one minute film.

Newspapers & Magazines

Students will look at the forms and conventions of print media, consider ownership and institutions

Advertising & Marketing

This topic will also include a look at the first of the set products from the exam board (50s Quality Street print ad vs. This Girl Can campaign)

Year 10 Core Unit 1

Media Language

An in-depth look at the theory and terminology required for the course

Core Unit 1

Media Language


Exam Specific
Unit 1

A study of the set products that will feature in the exam

Core Unit 2
Media Representation
Exam Specific Unit 2
Core Unit 3

Media Audience


Exam Specific Unit 3

Year 11


Core Unit 4
Media Institutions
Core Unit 5
Media Values
Exam Specific Unit 4&5


Exam Revision


Current Year 11 – AQA GCSE

Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4
Year 11


Assignment 3 Assignment 3


Exam topic prep

Exam topic prep

Useful links

Why study the media?

GCSE Bitesize