Media Studies

This section is relevant to people who are very interested in careers in Media Studies and have talents in some of the related creative arts fields (see page 27 Diploma); and people interested in fast tracking one option of Media Studies as a GCSE option with non-arts subjects.

Where can Media Studies lead?

Media Studies can lead to related careers such as journalism, advertising and film and television production. Indeed, it will be invaluable to any career path which values creativity, teamwork skills, individual initiative and effective communication skills.

What is Media Studies?

• Do you have an interest in media products such as television, film, magazines, music and advertising?

• Are you interested in developing an awareness of the importance and power of the media in today’s society?

GCSE Media Studies develops a range of knowledge and skills; research, analytical, evaluative, creative and technical to mention just a few. What we will teach you is how to consider media products critically, thinking about how they are created and consumed. You will become more conscious of your own media consumption and more inclined to question what you are consuming.

This course is largely analytical and theoretical with a smaller practical element.

Aims & Learning Outcomes

  • Develop enquiry, critical thinking and decision making skills.
  • Develop your appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in everyday lives.
  • Develop your practical skills through opportunities for personal engagament and creativity.
  • Understand how to use the key media concepts to analyse media products and their various contexts.

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GCSE Media Studies - How will I be assessed?

At Walkden High School we follow the new AQA GCSE Media Studies specification. The final grade is based on:

Controlled assessment = 60%

Final exam = 40%

In terms of controlled assessment, there are three assessed pieces. For each piece, you will analyse actual media products using terms and ideas which have been taught in the classroom; personal research will also be important for those higher grades! You will then produce your own creation based on that product: magazine adverts, film trailers, promotional material for a new singer or band, which you’ve created, etc. Your ultimate aim is to produce work that is an authentic representation of actual media output. You will have access to equipment such as computers and cameras, which will enable you to make the best use of your own skills in constructing your piece; feedback will be given throughout the process.

At the end of the course, you will sit a one and a half hour exam on a topic chosen by the exam board; you will be given time to research and prepare for the topic. Recent and future exams are as follows (year of exam in brackets):

  • Quiz Shows (2009)
  • The Popular Press (2010
  • Action Adventure films (2011)
  • Television Crime Drama (2012)
  • The Music Press: Print and Online (2013)
  • Promotion and Marketing of Computer Games (2014)
  • Sci-Fi Movies (2016)

Essential Skills & Qualities

  • A strong and pro-active interest in the Media and how it impacts on our lives
  • Self motivated and able to work independently
  • Good team work skills and the ability to share ideas with others
  • Creative
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Competent analytical skills and the ability to look beyond the obvious
  • Sound communication skills


There will be Controlled Assessment tasks done at intervals throughout the course. It is vital that students take adequate notes in lessons and organise their time effectively.  The Controlled Assessment must all be completed during Media lessons, and, apart from planning and revision work, cannot be taken home.


Students can expect up to an hour of independent study per week.  This may consist of, for example, research, controlled assessment preparations, learning key vocabulary or exam practice.

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