Media Studies


Media Studies is taught by English teachers at Standish Community High School.  It allows students to develop many relevant skills and engage in many exciting activities: this includes both theoretical and practical tasks.  In addition to this, it provides students with the opportunity to further develop their English Language skills which is highly beneficial in helping them prepare for their Media Studies and English exams.  The course provides students the opportunity to:

  • Analyse and create their own newspapers and magazines (an important English skill)
  • Analyse and produce their own video games
  • Analyse and produce their own music videos
  • Analyse television genres, for example, Luther (BBC)
  • Explore film marketing, for example, the James Bond Franchise
  • Produce their own print advertisements
  • Create their own CD covers and magazines
  • Develop their photography skills
  • Develop their understanding and use of Photoshop
  • Develop their ICT skills by creating and editing images, having the use on Apple Mac computers and a range of media technology
  • Have the opportunity to broadcast on the school radio


The media plays an increasingly important role in modern society.  It provides us with information and entertainment and communicates social values.  Many of our students study Media Studies at A Level and secure careers in broadcasting, advertising and journalism.  As well as this, a qualification in Media Studies can also contribute to study of English in further education. The demand to develop sustained lines of reasoning from varied theoretical points of view is also an important skill which allows students to develop an understanding of how to communicate and persuade effectively. Finally, the emphasis on developing creative skills through the production of a wide range of media texts using the most up to date technology (including Windows, Apple Macs and Photoshop) makes Media Studies a very rewarding subject to study.

Scheme of Assessment


One Controlled Assessment Task – 30%

  • Production Task (creating your own magazine)
  • Research
  • Planning
  • Production Piece
  • Evaluation


Written Examination

  • Component One (40%) – Exploring Media Language and Representation
  • Newspapers and current affairs
  • Radio
  • Advertising
  • Video games
  • Magazines
  • Film Posters and Marketing (James Bond)
  • Component Two (30%) – Understanding Media Forms and Products
  • Television genre – Crime Drama and Sitcom (Luther and The Sweeney)
  • Music Videos (Pharrell Williams and Taylor Swift)


Subject content

The aims and assessment objectives of the syllabus will be achieved through the study of the following four broad and interrelated areas:

  • Genre and Narrative
  • Representations in the Media
  • Media Organisations and Industry
  • Media Audiences