Media Studies

Media Studies is ending this year and has not been offered as an option for students from September 2021. It constitutes a legacy course and the information provided is in a slightly different format.

In a society where the media plays such a vital role, it is essential that young people have an awareness of its impact. Media Studies equips students with a critical and theoretical understanding of how media texts are constructed and audiences manipulated.

Media Studies is a very important subject, ultimately combining aspects of Politics, Sociology, History, Art, English and Economics. It encourages creativity, teaches analytical skills and introduces students to critical ways of thinking about the world around them. These talents are highly valued by universities and employers. Moreover, the subject equips pupils with the skills necessary to survive and thrive in a media-saturated society.

Students will study a range of topics including, but not limited to, music press, film, print media and advertising. The range of material covered on the course ensures that students gain an all-round appreciation and understanding of various aspects of the media.

Media Studies is not taught at Key Stage 3 but is available as an option to study at Key Stage 4.

Key stage 4 – Year 10 and 11
Paper 1 – 40% Paper 2 – 30% Non Exam Assessment – 30%

Exploring the Media

Section A: Exploring Media Language and Representation

Section B: Exploring Media Industries and Audiences

Understanding Media Forms and Products

Section A: Television

Section B: Music (music videos and online media)

An individual media production for an intended audience in response to a choice of briefs set by

WJEC, applying knowledge and understanding of media language and representation.


Useful links:

Exam Specification

BBC Bitesize Media Studies

The Media Insider YouTube channel

Useful Reading Material:

 WJEC / Eduqas GCSE Media Studies textbook – by Hayley Sheard

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