About GCSE Media Studies

Course Information

GCSE Media is a challenging, creative and engaging course. It will involve the study of a wide area of media including newspapers, images, music industry, posters, magazines, television, internet, mobile and online content.

It works very well with creative and literacy subjects due to the high amount of written analysis and creative production work. These are some examples of tasks you may be asked to produce:

  1. An analysis of a film opening using media language
  2. A written evaluation of a magazine cover that you created.
  3. An essay explaining the differences and similarities between an online and a written newspaper
  4. An essay focussing on how women are represented in the news and on television
  5. Designing and creating a magazine cover
  6. Designing and creating a television advert


Why Choose GCSE Media Studies?

  • I enjoy English/English Literature
  • I enjoy creative writing
  • I enjoy being creative and creating new things
  • I enjoy storytelling
  • I am interested in learning about media such as newspapers, magazines, websites, films and television
  • I enjoy using technology
  • I am interested in subjects such as Business, ICT, Art/Photography and Drama.

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Course Assessment

The course is assessed by 70% written exams, and 30% practical coursework creation. This course would be suitable for students who are confident with exam technique and are able to express themselves well through writing.

Future Uses of Media Studies

If you enjoy GCSE Media Studies, you can then go on to study A-Level Media studies here, or go on to a media based course offered at colleges.


Please ask Miss Bird or Miss Coleman for more information.

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