Media Studies

GCSE Media Studies

  • Exam Board: AQA
  • Specification Code: 8572

We live in a Media Saturated society and we are all engaging with websites, TV, Film, Apps every day. Media Studies is offered at Key Stage 4 and at A level and provides students with the necessary skills to allow them to better understand and critically analyse the messages and ideas behind the media texts students engage with daily.

During the course, students will study media theories, concepts and debates and learn how to apply them to a range of Media texts. A good way to think about Media as a subject is that it’s very similar to English in that students will learn to analyse and evaluate texts, only instead of novels and poems we evaluate films, video games, music videos, websites, magazines etc.

Students also have the opportunity to use a range of industry standard creative software such as Photoshop and Final Cut Pro to establish and strengthen their practical and creative skills working in print, moving image and e-media to create websites, magazines, music videos, trailers and more.

The course is broken down into the following:

  • Paper 1 exam: Responding to Media Texts (35%)
  • Paper 2 exam: Responding to TV and Media (35%)
  • NEA Coursework: Creating Media Products (30%)


BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Digital Publishing 

  • Exam Board: Pearson 
  • Qualification Number: 601/7472/9 

This course is designed to give students a technical understanding of digital publishing. Students will gain knowledge and practical skills in areas such as website production, digital graphics, photography and image manipulation through a range of practical projects. Students will learn to use industry standard software such as Photoshop and InDesign to create a range of creative digital products including magazines, websites, advertising, posters, apps and more. 

Learners will gain an understanding of how to work in teams as well as independently, to produce creative projects in digital publishing. This course is industry focused and students will understand the various roles within the Media industry, from Graphic Design to Digital Development. They will gain the necessary technical and practical skills required to progress to employment in this sector. 

This course combines elements of Media, English, IT, Art and Photography and would suit learners who are creative and have good computer skills. 

Please note that a GCSE in Media, while desirable, is not essential to this course. 

The course is broken down into the following: 

  • 10 Units, of which 4 are mandatory and 2 are external 
  • Mandatory content (50%) 
  • External assessment (33%)