New for 2017 is the reformed GCSE (9-1) Media Studies.

Learners will study a range of exciting media products, such as newspapers, movie trailers, posters and music videos, which will develop their understanding of the media. With every project we start by exploring contemporary texts that students are familiar with to develop their knowledge with recognisable products; once the foundation is laid we move into wider texts to extend their critical understanding through products with which they may be less familiar, including products for different audiences. Practical, creative work then further cements this understanding. A diverse curriculum will introduce them to the analytical techniques we use to explore how symbolic visual clues appeal to the audience; exploring technical codes such as camera work and editing as well as how narrative is created. They will also examine how representations of people, places and issues are constructed within a range of different media platforms.

The specification consists of three components that will provide learners with the theoretical knowledge to analyse and create media products.

  • Exploring the Media – here learners will explore media language and representation in relation to a range of media forms such as magazines, marketing (film posters), newspapers, and print advertisements, as well as developing their knowledge and understanding of media industries and audiences.
  • Understanding Media Forms and Products – learners will study television, music and online media in depth through a choice of set products.
  • Creating Media Products – learners will create their own media production for an intend-ed audience which will allow them to explore and pursue their own media interests, demonstrating their understanding of theory through practical application.


EXAM 70%

Component 1: Exploring the Media
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of qualification

Component 2: Understanding Media Forms and Products
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 30% of qualification


Component 3: Creating Media Products
Controlled Assessment 30% of qualification


Media Studies is now an established course for GCSE, Post 16 and University. Many students progress to take the course at Post-16 level. The IT and critical thinking skills that it fosters are attractive to many employers in the media and beyond. Jobs/careers associated with media studies include TV/music production, journalism, radio production and graphic design.

Start Date

July 2019

Exam Board



Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

Course Level