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Media Studies


Media Studies focuses on how mass media – newspapers, film, television, music, magazines, radio, the internet – shape the way we view the world.

It investigates media products, their production processes and their audiences. It embraces detailed studies of film, music and television, the economics of broadcasting, new technologies and social history.

It involves a wide range of skills, from essay writing and working with images to time management, project and group work in our dedicated media studio equipped with Apple Macs. We have outside speakers and trips to the BFI.

Aims and Philosophy

We aim to develop keen communicators with a sense of inquiry who enjoy engaging critically with ideas and texts. We aim to identify the messages and values behind media texts and the way that they address audiences. We foster creativity through a series of challenging hands-on tasks that invite purposeful imaginative activity which generates originality and reflection.

“When you try to make a film, write an article or design an effective website, you see how much skill is involved.” Professor John Ellis, Royal Holloway College.

What We Offer


At GCSE you learn skills as you create media products for coursework such as film openings, music videos, posters, computer games covers and advertising campaigns. For the examination, you study aspects of television programming and scheduling through case studies of television comedy, with a focus on audience and institution. You also study in depth one film genre such as action/adventure.

A Level: OCR H140 and H540

In AS Media Studies you learn to understand film, television, print images, advertising and new technologies, how films and TV programmes are structured, how audiences are targeted and the way that different groups are represented in the media. At A2, you develop your understanding of certain critical perspectives relating to the media, with an emphasis on how the media is an increasingly powerful force in the world. In both years, you spend time planning and making your own media product. You record your research, planning and evaluation on blogs that showcase your grasp of new technologies ranging from interactive posters to Twitter, Facebook and Prezis.

It is not necessary to have taken this subject at GCSE.

After A level, you can go on to university for a degree in media, cultural studies, film and TV, advertising or a wide range of degree programmes related to media studies.

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