Media Studies

Eduqas Media studies attract a large number of students because of the content that is studied over the course. We study challenging texts from the 1950’s all the way to modern texts that the students will have witnessed in mass media. The course is fun & rigorous, allowing students to understand how the media impact our world experience.

It offers:

  • Extensive and meaningful coverage of media theory and practice
  • Practical work which integrates theory and concepts
  • Assignments which students have to complete pre-production and production processes
  • A choice of study across all three media platforms
  • Opportunities to study both recent media products and those from the past
  • Opportunities for progression, especially to GCSE Media Studies and Film Studies

Media Studies is offered from GCSE and we will also be offering an A Level Media course from September 2020.

GCSE Media Studies - Year 10 Curriculum

Develops the foundation for theoretical understanding through semiotic analysis and non-exam assessment.

Autumn Term

Students are introduced to the building blocks of media. They are taught the basic key concepts to media (RAIL).  Students are taught how to complete semiotic analysis with basic media terminology over 6 lessons.


Students study component 2 section A in preparation for their Year 11 exam. Students are taught all key concepts concerning The IT Crowd (Season 4 Ep 2) and Friends (Season 1 Ep 1)


Students study component 1 section A and B, focusing on news and magazines. Students are taught the conventions and focus on representation and media language for the following:

The Sun/The Guardian/GQ / Pride

Spring Term

Film and Video Games

Students study component 1 section B, Film and Video game. Students focus on studying audience and industry about the following products:


 Students study Component 1 Section A, Advertising and Marketing, about the following products:

This Girl Can
Quality Street
Man with a Golden Gun

Summer Term

Students complete component 3 coursework. The brief is released in March of each academic year and will usually begin after Easter. Students are given a series of lessons in magazines and their creation.  They are to complete the following tasks (this may alter due to brief release):

Research / Statement of Intent
Front cover of magazine / Double page spread.

GCSE Media Studies - Year 11 Curriculum

Media studies build on the foundations developed in Year 10; students analyse texts from music to radio. Students can develop understanding in A Level theories, preparing them for A Level.

Autumn Term

Students are studying component 2 section B of the exam.  Students study all key concepts about the following products:

Taylor Swift Bad Blood
Bruno Mars Uptown Funk

They must study websites for Taylor and Bruno, with the opportunity to improve these answers if time allows.

Students are studying the final products for section B of the component 1 exam. They should study:

The Archers
The Sun (Specific newspaper selected by Arden)

 Spring Term

Students learn how to structure exam answers for both exams. They should be taught PEAL or PETAL paragraphs which follow suit of what they are aware of from Year 10.  Students need to do deeper research into specific topics, particularly contexts of products.

Students return to component 1 and 2 that they studied in Year 10. They will spend a few lessons on each product. This will allow them to apply knowledge of structured answers to mock questions.

Assessment – students complete mock papers. These will be given back to students who can focus on improvement

GCSE Media Studies - Assessment

Component 1 – Exploring the Media

Written paper – 1 hour 30 mins

40% GCSE

Students answer questions based on the key concepts (Media language, representation, audience, industry and context) concerning set products selected by Eduqas.

Component 2 – Understanding Media Forms and Products

Written paper – 1 hour 30 mins

30% GCSE

Students study music videos and sitcoms in relation to the media concepts (Media language, representation, audience, industry and context)

Component 3- Creating Media Products

Students create a product based on a brief that is released annually. There are several options to choose from. At Arden, we create print products.

A Level Media Studies - Assessment

Entrance Grade Media Studies – Grade 6


English – Grade 5 (if Media Studies has not been taken)

Component 1– Media Products, Industries and Audiences

2hrs 15mins

35% Qualification

Students answer questions based on the key concepts (Media language, representation, audience, industry and context) focusing on studied set products selected by Eduqas.

Component 2 – Media Forms and Products in Depth

2hrs 30mins

35% Qualification

The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. It consists of three sections – TV in the Global Age, Magazines (mainstream and alternative media), and Media in the Online Age

Component 3 – Cross-Media Production

Non-exam Assessment

30% Qualification

An individual cross-media production based on two forms in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.

If you would like to find out any more about the curriculum, please contact Mrs T Hill – Head of Media Studies.