Media Studies

Subject Mission Statement

We live in a media-saturated society, one that we must question and understand. The media plays a central role, shaping our perceptions of the world through the representations, ideas and viewpoints offered. Our aim is for students to understand the relevance and importance that the media has in our lives today whilst developing skills of enquiry, critical thinking and analysis. We believe it is vital that students develop their knowledge and understanding of the media in all its different forms and in doing so will develop their appreciation and critical understanding of the media’s role within contemporary society and culture.


This course involves the in-depth study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework: media language, representation, industries and audiences. Students will study a range of media forms: advertising and marketing, film, magazines, music video, newspapers, online media, radio, television and video games. The course will provide comprehensive and integrated coverage of media theory and practice. In creating their own media products, students will develop their technical skills and ability to work to a brief and meet deadlines.

Through studying Media Studies, students will view, evaluate and analyse a variety of media products. The course involves contemporary, diverse topics and varied and engaging content. A variety of study methods are used on this course, including debate, discussion, presentations and written analysis. It is worth noting that this is not a media production course; whilst there is an element of media production in the non-examination unit, there is a strong emphasis on media analysis and theory.

KS5 Intent Statement

students with the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, critical thinking
and analysis.
upon students’ knowledge of English Language, applying similar skills of analysis
to media products in different forms.
Enable students to analyse and compare how
media products construct and communicate meaning.
Provide students with the
opportunity to apply knowledge of the theoretical framework to a cross-media
production, developing their practical and creative skills. Support students in
being able to manage time and organisational elements with research, planning
and production (in the NEA in particular). Enable students to become critical
consumers of the media, confident communicators, self-reliant independent
learners, and socially aware, responsible adults. Inspire students to become
adults who are curious about the world and willing to challenge ideas. Promote
independent learning in the subject area and beyond. Provide personalised
advice and guidance to support students’ wider learning and aspirations beyond

Qualification Details

Exam Board: EDUQAS
Qualification Title: Media Studies
Qualification Specification Code: A680QS
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the EDUQAS webpage for the specification.

Entry Requirements

Standard Sixth Form entry requirements

What will I study in this qualification?

Possible Career Paths

Careers in television, film, radio, journalism, digital media, advertising and marketing, public relations, teaching. This course equips students with skills that would benefit many career paths: communication skills, skills of critical analysis, investigative skills, research and problem-solving skills, debating skills, practical and creative skills.

Who should I speak to if I need further information?

Mrs R Bowen, Mr S James

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