Media studies

Media studies

During their exciting dive into the world of media, pupils will explore the film industry, gaining a deep understanding of the various stages of the production process that lead to final cinematic release. They will analyse film posters from across the decades, picking apart the messages for audiences. Pupils will then delve into the booming industries responsible for creating their favourite video games and the impacts, both beneficial and alarming, that these have on their audiences.

Flashing back in time, pupils go on a journey to explore the challenges of the radio and newspaper industries as they fight to maintain their places in our modern, digital age. We also take pupils on a penetrating investigation of how the news, both fake and real, can deliberately influence, manipulate and even mislead their audiences. Continuing with print media, pupils look at the shockingly unrealistic standards that have been set in magazines and advertising, and how more progressive messages are being sent to audiences in modern media texts. Moving back into the world of moving images, pupils will examine the exciting worlds of TV crime dramas and music videos. Within this, pupils will also undergo the thrilling creation of their own media texts, allowing them to get hands-on experience with the technology used to create a truly professional standard piece of work.

With the enormous growth and development of technology, media studies have never been such a fundamental part of education. Through this journey, pupils will encounter a variety of different media formats from a wide range of times and cultures. From exploring the racial stereotyping in TV crime dramas, to the cinematic misrepresentation of women as temptresses and damsels in distress, from understanding the processes of newspaper production to the actual production of their own magazines, our stimulating curriculum nurtures artistic self-expression and encourages reflective thinking.

Curriculum information







  • Film Posters 
  • Radio and Video Games 


  • TV Crime Drama 
  • Magazines 
  • Coursework: Practical creation of a media product. 


  • Newspaper Music Videos
  • Industries and Audiences 
  • Advertising 



You never look at a film or TV show in the same way after taking media. You learn all the tricks behind the camera, as well as getting the opportunity to create your own stuff.
Year 11 student
I love media as it is a very interesting and diverse subject. It gives different opportunities to get creative using new technology as well as getting to watch and analyse fantastic TV shows and films!
Year 11 student