Media Studies

Media studies, across key stage 4 & 5 sets out to provide an experience into the world of media through study of products and industry but also takes a reflective view on how the contemporary media landscape reflects a given zeitgeist and shapes the views and ideologies of an audience such that society is reflected, represented, controlled, designed and exists though media.  Clear links are demonstrated (see later slides) between other curriculum subjects and made explicit when they occur. 

Due to the analytical nature of media studies at both KS4 & 5, students approach a wider view and a cross-disciplinary attitude to learning.

Due to its necessarily contemporary nature, media students are taught, and develop skills, to interact effectively with wider society and an awareness of social function and their individual place within it.  They are also encouraged, through teaching and coursework production, to be politically literate looking at different forms of political thought across the political ideological spectrum.


In terms of subject content, AQA supplies a wholly prescriptive booklet referred to as the CSP booklet (one available for students and a teacher guide).  This forms 70% of the qualification.

The CSP (close study product) is a product where the area and elements of theoretical application are decided in advance by the examination board.  This makes the qualification hard to temporally co-ordinate with school curriculum but links are still possible and, in terms of retrieval, valuable to reinforcing learning in other subject areas.

Coursework is, again, prescribed through a number of pre-set briefs but uses modern construction methods and reinforces the values and ideologies outline in the statement of intent.


Media Studies is heavily reliant on literacy skills and one of the key foci for this subject is the maintenance and development of literacy

Theory, while applied practically, has its roots in literacy and complex language structures.  Phrases like paradigm, syntagm, equilibrium, binary opposition, symbolic annihilation, cultural imperialism, gender performativity, hegemony etc. are common currency within Media Studies.

Assessments are marked with the literacy golden thread at the forefront of grades awarded and students are made explicitly aware that marks will be awarded for accuracy within their writing.

Efforts are made to ‘demystify’ vocabulary so that students can not only see the derivatives of Media specific terminology but also their cross curricular applications, relevance and universality.

Key Stage 4

As with many other GCSEs, the KS4 curriculum is changing for September 2017.  The GCSE will move to a more exam based qualification with the weighting being 30% coursework and 70% examination. Both the examination and the coursework will be based on areas of study decided by the examination board. 

The examination itself will move across a range of multiple choice, stepped and short answer questions based on existing knowledge and pre-studied topic areas.

KS4 Media Studies Curriculum Map


Intervention lessons are provided as well as voluntary drop in sessions in order to maintain high levels of achievement.

Film Club is run at lunchtimes in the library.

Media Intervention/Coursework Support - Wednesday 3.00pm  - 4.30pm


Mr G. De Cruz - Department Leader
Mr B.Pilgrim - Teacher of Media KS4/KS5

Further Reading

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