Our Media Studies

Department Overview

Media Studies offers the opportunity to look at the role the media plays in our lives on a daily basis by acquiring a foundation in the main concepts and debates of Media Studies. Production work is an important part of the course where students put theory into practice, demonstrating knowledge and understanding of technical skills, like photography and filming, in their own media production. Media Studies can be a creative, imaginative and artistic activity as well as an intellectual and analytical subject.


We have a media suite with six computers all programmed with Adobe Premier Elements and we have a range of digital cameras, tripods and green screens with lighting.

In the Classroom

The classes are split between practical sessions and theory so that pupils have the opportunity to develop their knowledge in all areas. The subject is very ‘practical’ so even the theory sessions can result in the creation of a powerpoint or slideshare presentation. It is an interactive course that offers pupils the chance to become more familiar with techniques within the industry.


Our 4th and 5th Form Curriculum Guide gives full details of all GCSE subjects – please download this document from the Senior Curriculum page.

AS and A Level

Full details of AS and A Level subjects can be found on our 6th Form Subjects page.

Beyond the Classroom

The pupils are encouraged to create their own media texts outside of the classroom at every opportunity. They are also encouraged to upload them onto sites such as Youtube, Tumblr or a blog so that they can get feedback which will help them to develop as media producers.

In March there is a Media Studies educational visit to Euro Disney where students attend a Media Live! conference about jobs in the Media and listen to key speakers in this field. The students are encouraged to enter a competition which gives them the chance to showcase their work which will be shown in front of their fellow students and the panel of speakers. Their task is to create a TV advertisement on a theme of their choice.

The Lower Sixth are currently working on producing a music magazine front cover, contents page and double page spread. They are also undertaking cross-curricular filming projects too.

The A2 course builds upon this strong foundation with externally assessed examinations on the Theoretical Evaluation of Production and Contemporary Media Issues. However, in Media Studies in addition to academic success we also appreciate the need for practical skills with multiple benefits in the modern workplace; therefore students are asked to produce a further piece of coursework which entails planning and research, storyboarding, intertextuality in  music, familiarity with technical equipment, scheduling, location selection, appreciation of mise-en-scene, filming, editing, design and advertisement of a music video.

The Upper Sixth are filming their own music videos and creating digipaks for their featured artist.

The following Fair Trade film was made by Amy Thompson and Lydia Scambler:

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