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GCSE Media Studies

Mathematics - Year 7

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Media Studies for students who have chosen this subject for GCSE, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mrs Pedder if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

Which exam board will students be examined by?


How are groups organised?

Classes are mixed ability. The students have 5 one-hour lessons per fortnight

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

The most successful students in this subject will enjoy analysing all types of media texts and learning new vocabulary in order to do so. Students will also need to be creative and enjoy practical tasks such as filming, editing and using photoshop.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Media language
  • Representation
  • Codes & Conventions
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Mise-en-scene

What will students learn at this level?

Media Language

Analysing media products both contemporary and historical to build an understanding of visual, technical and language codes. Theoretical perspectives on genre and narrative also applied to the texts.


An insight into representations of age, gender, ethnicities, and stereotypes including theoretical perspective on gender representation

Media Industries

An understanding of production processes, ownership, technology and regulation


Target audiences and audience responses with applied theoretical perspectives.


Understanding the time and place in which a media text was produced and exhibited to understand its meaning.


All of the above are applied to Print advertising, print marketing (film posters), Magazines, Newspapers, Radio, Television (crime drama), Music video and online media.

Non-Exam Assessment

Researching, planning and producing media products to fit an annually released brief. Students are to produce all of their own original material.

Key Media theories/media specific context and history/production skills/analysis skills

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Analytical and evaluative skills
  • Communication skills
  • Practical skills
  • Team work
  • Problem solving

How will students learn at this level?

  • Using google classroom
  • Analysing and annotating different media texts
  • Practising different practical skills
  • Kahoot
  • Researching contextual information
  • Using the internet to support your learning.

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

  • Component 1 Exploring the Media Written examination at the end of the course: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of qualification 80 marks
  • Component 2 Understanding Media Forms and Products Written examination at the end of the course: 1 hour 30 minutes 30% of qualification 60 marks
  • Component 3 Creating Media Products Non-exam assessment: internally assessed and externally moderated by WJEC 30% of qualification 60 marks

When do key assessments take place?

Component 1 & 2: June/July of Y11 (see exam timetable for precise date)

Component 3: March-June Y10

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

Encourage use and revision of materials posted on google classroom. Encourage analysis of all media used at home (Films/TV/Radio/Magazines etc.). Ensure practical tasks are planned and completed (taking photos or filming) within the Comp 3 timeframe.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

Essential school equipment

How does this subject link to other subjects?

  • English: Analysis and terminology
  • Drama: participating on filming and photos, composing scenes, thinking about performance, costume etc.
  • Art: Planning, drawing storyboards
  • IT: Computer work on the internet and programmes such as photoshop, movie maker, final cut pro, google classroom etc.

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?

Exam board information: http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/media-studies/gcse/eduqas-gcse-media-studies-spec-from-2017-e.pdf

Set texts we study in media:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/11W8XIvzNHrpVQQQAgNvuC_OjC3Bzh_bJ/view?usp=sharing

What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

Lunchtimes available for help/ use of green screen with Component 3 is taking place.

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?




What does student work look like in this subject at this level?


How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

  • A large scope of the media industries covered throughout the course
  1. The course allows for different abilities and learning styles to flourish through both practical and written skillsets
  2. A subject that has analysis at its core. 

How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?

  1. Throughout studying different texts students are encouraged to create their own versions to a brief. Students also have to respond to a set brief and produce completely original material in response.
  2. Interpreting media texts and the connotations created.
  3. A completely new subject when students arrive at it in year 10. A whole new language of terminology to learn and apply as well as theories and theorists.

How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?

  1. Gaining an understanding into the media, how it works and how it communicates to/with/at audiences in context.
  2. Encouraging students to not take the media for face value but to understand how it is encoded and to question its decoding.
  3. A wide range of media covered to suit different interests and abilities. The course also addresses representations from an array of backgrounds which encourages students to discuss them with confidence.