St. Mary's

Media Studies Subject Overview

“He who controls the Media, controls the minds of the public”
Noah Chomsky

Statement of Intent

The media is often referred to as the fourth estate. Power in most democratic countries is divided between the legislature, executive and judiciary. By including the media within this list, it shows the power of the modern media in influencing the political system and the lives of all of us. The media is immensely powerful and pays a central role in contemporary society and culture. Our views of the world around us are often shaped by the media that we consume. It also helps us communicate with one another and allow us to create our own narrative to others. The economic importance of the media is also unquestionable as media industries employ large numbers of people around the world. It is an ever growing global monopoly.

Students have the option to study the Eduqas specification at both GCSE and A level. The course centres around the study of set products from a range of media platforms; print, television radio and e media which includes the study of video games. They are encouraged to critically analyse and evaluate these through the use of subject specific vocabulary and the study of key media theorists. Students develop their skills in critical thinking and their knowledge and understanding of a range of media issues such as representation, political bias and the use of new technologies. Students will also study the historical, political and social context surrounding media products and the influence that these contexts have on the creation and consumption of the media product. Students will be able to make informed judgements and draw conclusions not just about the set texts but also any new media products that they are presented with. In addition to the written examinations, which form 70% of the course, students are also able to create their own media product (s) from an industry brief. This can be either as a print, audio visual or website.

Through the study of Media, students at St Mary’s have a greater awareness of the world around them which prepares them for the world of work but also opens their eyes to the global village that is the media and, as such, develops both their cultural capital and enables them to be global citizens.

KS4 Curriculum Map

Year 10 Overview

The topics are taught in sequential order, each building on prior knowledge. It covers all the key concepts of Media studies; language, representation, audience and industries across all the Media platforms of Print, e media and broadcast. Students also have the opportunity to complete a Media production in response to an industry brief.

Year 10 Topics
Year 11 Overview

In Year 11 we focus on the NEA and also Component 2 which involves a deeper comparison between Media texts across all 3 Media platforms. Each subject builds on the prior learning gained in Year 10.

Year 11 Topics

A Level Curriculum Map

A Level Overview

At A level we study the Eduqas A level Specification which is a continuation of the programme of study at GCSE and follows a similar structure. However, studying the subject at GCSE is not essential. All students will study the key concepts of media studies, Representation, Audience, Institution and Language. We will study these across the three platforms of print, broadcast and e media. Students will also have the opportunity to complete a cross media production in response to an industry brief that is set by the exam board.

Year 12 Topics
Year 13 Topics