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
  • Assignment 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

GCSE specifications in media studies enable candidates to:

  • Develop critical enquiry, making decisions through consideration of issues that are important, real and relevant to them and the world in which they live.
  • Develop their appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in their daily lives
  • Develop their practical skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity
  • Understand how to use all media concepts to analyse media products in their various contexts

Media Studies Curriculum Year 10:

Autumn Term 1 S1 – Intro To Media Studies

Autumn Term 2 –S2 – Sitcom TV

Autumn Term 2 – Newspaper and magazines

Students are introduced to the building blocks of media. They are taught the basic key concepts to media (RAIL)

Students are taught how 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 in relation to The IT Crowd (Season 4 Ep 2) and Friends (Season 1 Ep 1)

Students student component 1 section A and B in relation to news and magazines. Students are taught the conventions and focus on representation and media language for the following;

The Sun / The Guardian

GQ / Pride

Students study section B in relation to The Sun only.


Sprint Term 1 – Film and Video Games

Spring Term 2 – Advertising and Marketing

Summer Term 1 and 2 – Coursework NEA

Students study component 1 section B Film and Video game. Students focus on studying audience and industry in relation to the following products;


Pokémon Go

Students study Component 1 Section A advertising and marketing in relation to the following products;

This Girl Can

Quality Street


Man with a Golden Gun

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.

Media Studies Curriculum Year 11:

Autumn Term 1 – Music Videos

Autumn Term 2 – S1 – Radio & News

Autumn Term 2 – S2 –Structuring Exam Answers

Students are studying Component 2 Section B of the exam.

Students study all key concepts in relation to the following products.

Katy Perry Roar

Bruno Mars Uptown Funk

They must study websites for Katy and Bruno

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)

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 context of products.


Spring Term 1 – Review of Com 1 and 2

Spring Term 2 - Revision

Summer Term 1 and 2

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 improvements

Students revise in preparation for their Media Exams. Exams tend to appear in very early June.

Students will complete a series of mocks and revision lessons catered to their needs, chosen by the teacher.

Assessment – Mock exams, revision material etc.


 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) in relation to studied 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.

Key Concepts

GCSE Media Studies have five major concepts which form the framework for analysis, these are:

  • Media Language
  • Industries
  • Representation
  • Audience
  • Contexts

Underpinning the Key Concepts, the subject content is classified according to the following media forms/ platforms:

  • Print or electronic media including; Newspapers, Magazines, Adverts Marketing Posters
  • Broadcast –Music Videos and TV
  • E-Media – Including; News, Radio, Music and Film Websites