Curriculum Statement - Media Studies

“Digital natives are bombarded with vast volumes of information in today’s electronic society, which calls for an even greater emphasis on critical thinking and research skills.” – Timothy Van Slyke

Powerful Knowledge in Media Studies

Powerful knowledge in media studies starts from the understanding that everything presented in the media is a construction, shaped by the context it exists in. It is from this understanding that learners can analyse representations and in turn produce convincing media products. Media studies empowers students to become critical receivers of the media and question what they are faced with through the exploration of a diverse range of rich media texts. Through questioning and a diet of critical theories, learners develop a deeper understanding of media products, industries and audiences.


Curriculum Features

All media learners are provided with opportunities to analyse a wide range of media products ranging from print productions such as magazines and adverts through to audio visual texts (music videos, TV drama). This analysis is underpinned by a theoretical framework which includes media language, audience, representation and industry. Students will explore the historical, political, social and cultural context of a wide range of media, exploring how and why they have been made and the differing ways in which they can impact on audiences and industries.

The practical component of the curriculum involves research, planning and production of a convincing media product utilising appropriate conventions and using various industry-standard software and practical equipment. All media products are constructed with a particular audience in mind; students will be able to research audience needs and produce an appropriate media production that successfully targets their intended audience.


Co Curriculum Enrichment

  • KS3 media club
  • KS4 and KS5 media clinic (lunchtime workshops for practical media skills)
  • Equipment available for students to borrow for practical productions or for their own creative productions.
  • KS4 media visits
  • Guest speakers

Students study the WJEC Media studies GCSE Specification. Units of work cover a wide section of the media industry giving students a solid grounding in both the theory and practical aspect of the subject domain.

Further detail is available on the exam board website below


Students may also study the WJEC Film Studies specification. Students develop a secure understanding of media language and media specific terminology applicable to both general areas of media as well as the media industries studied as part of their course. They study media organisations and the structures within the media industry

Further detail is available on the exam board website below