Media Studies

All our work is student-centred and flexible teaching and learning strategies are an integral part of our lessons.  We teach in mixed ability groups and the schemes of work set have been constructed with differentiation at their core and are chosen to suit all ability levels.  Every attempt is made to encourage students to achieve their potential, and to extend their skills, understanding and knowledge.

Respect for each individual’s contribution whether it be student or teacher, is fundamental to our teaching.  Students are expected and encouraged to respect each other’s work.  Media Studies has a special part to play in relation to students’ welfare, offering them a chance to communicate in their own way and helping them to increase their confidence and creativity.

As a department we aim to maintain our high standards of teaching and learning.  This is done through collaboration; consistent reviews of our planning and teaching, and monitoring of student progress.   We aim for flexibility in our teaching and variety in topic and teaching style.  We strive at all times towards higher standards by our students whilst at the same time creating a positive and purposeful classroom.  We want our students to learn in a happy, caring, supportive and accepting learning environment.

Course Contacts

Teaching Staff: 

E. Miller  ( )

Technical Staff: 

G. Moore  ( )

(Also IT / Web Technician)


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Map

 Year 10Year 11
Term 1• Introduction to Key Concepts: Media Forms, Institutions, Representations, Audiences
• Focus on Media Language, Genre & Narrative
• Introduction to Assignment 1: DVD COVERS
Introduction to Assignment 3: Film Trailers
• Research skills
• Independent learning
• Analysis of trailers
• Genre study
• Developing characters
• Application of narrative theory
• Digital Video Editing & Final Cut Tutorial
Term 1ASSIGNMENT 1: Packaging of DVDs
Practical Tasks
• Design a DVD cover for a film or television programme targeted at a specific audience.
• Research the features of a DVD cover
• Design Plans
• Photoshop Tutorial & Skills
• Photography Skills
• Planning & Design of own DVD Cover
• All planning, research and practical work for Assignment 1 to be completed
• Pre-production skills & tasks including scripts, storyboards, voice-overs etc.
• Film Production
• Using Final Cut
• All filming to be completed by Christmas
Christmas Holidays
Term 2Assignment 1 Written Task:
• Compare & Contrast the effectiveness of 2 DVD Covers
• Completion of Assignment 1 under controlled assessment conditions
Post-production: Editing, music, SFX etc.
Evaluation Skills & Analysis
Term 2Assignment 2 Practical Tasks: Advertising & Marketing
• Print or web-based/new media
• Audio-Visual media
• Storyboarding Skills
• Development of photography & Photoshop skills
• All practical Tasks to be completed
Assignment 3 Completed
Controlled Assessment folders submitted
Introduce Exam Topic (2013 – Music Press: Print & Online, 2014 – Marketing of Video Games)
Easter Holidays
Term 3ASSIGNMENT 2 Written Task
• Explore the ways in which a product and brand are represented and promoted across the media
• Focus on Representation and Institution
• Revision of key concepts
• Planning & design work for the exam
Term 3Completion of Assignment 2 under controlled assessment conditions• Research into exam topic
• Case study analysis