Media studies

The Team:                                                                              

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  • Miss Sarah Jacobson – Director of Learning for Media Studies
  • Miss Kelly Gibson - Media Studies Teacher
  • Mr. Nicholas Meekham - Creative Media Technician


The aim is to create an atmosphere where students wish to learn, enjoy what they learn and where their intellectual curiosity is fostered.  The department aims to make teaching and learning a stimulating experience for teacher and students alike.


  • to encourage students’ interest and a lasting appreciation of media texts.
  • to enable students to be demonstrate knowledge and application of the Key Concepts employed within Media Studies (Media Forms – including Language Ideology and Values, Narrative and Genre, Media Audiences, Media Institutions, Media Representations) and the evaluation of texts and ideas using the Key Concepts.
  • to encourage students to demonstrate knowledge, application and evaluation of major ideas, theories, debates and information relevant to the study of contemporary media
  • to encourage students to demonstrate knowledge, application and evaluation of all three media platforms (Broadcasting, Print Media and e-Media) including all associated technologies.
  • to develop the creative talents of students.
  • to expose students to a wide range of media texts, including web and print based, aural and visual texts, and to cross-curricular links so that they may see Media Studies as:
    • a major cultural feature.
    • part of a wider body of knowledge and skills.
  • to enable students to work independently and as part of a team so that Media Studies contributes to the development of key skills such as ICT, reading, writing and communication.
  • to employ teaching methods and resources which allow all students, irrespective of gender, ethnic origin and academic ability to have equal access to Media Studies and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.




During the AS course students study the Key Concepts of Language, Audience, Representation and Institution and learn to analyse a range of texts according to these.  They also study at least two case studies for their Cross-Media Study where they look at texts which are produced, exhibited and consumed across the media platforms of broadcasting, print and e-Media.  For their coursework unit (submitted in January) they had to produce two practical productions on different media platforms (print, broadcasting or e-media) in response to a set brief, undertaking research, planning, production and evaluation.

During the A2 course students study the Key Concepts of Language, Audience, Representation and Institution and learn to analyse a range of texts according to these, completing some comparative analysis.  They also study at least two case studies on the topics of Representation and New/Digital Technologies, carrying out their own research on these and responding to questions on them in the examination.  Students also complete a critical research study for their coursework which will include a 2,000 word Critical Investigation on a media topic of their own choosing and a linked practical production.


  • SECTION A: four compulsory questions on an unseen text
  • SECTION B: a choice of one from two essays on cross-media study


UNIT 2: CREATING MEDIA (Coursework) 25%

Two linked practical pieces taken from two of the three media platforms studied in Unit 1 plus a 1,500 word evaluation



  • SECTION A: three compulsory questions on unseen stimulus materials
  • SECTION B: One essay from a choice of two topics:
    • Representation
    • New/Digital Technologies.



  • SECTION A: Critical Investigation (2,000 words)
  • SECTION B: Linked production piece



Students have access to a range of PC and Adobe software to help them complete their practical and coursework tasks.  The College Media Technician is available to train students in the use of new technologies and to support students in the use of them.

The department currently uses a suite of laptops and Computers with Adobe Premier and AfterEffects editing software. Students are encouraged to engage with the software to develop their skills as independent filmmakers.

As well as this, students are encouraged to use other programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to develop their design and publishing skills.


For a few examples of some recent student work please click here



GCE Specifications:                                    - AQA Media Studies



AQA Media Studies AS: Student Book (pub: Nelson Thornes) ISBN-10: 0748798145

AQA Media Studies A2: Student Book (pub: Nelson Thornes) ISBN-10: 0748798161

MediaMagazine for KS5: http://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/mm/