Media Studies

OCR GCSE Media Studies

Media Education at Key stage 3

Students in years 7 and 8 receive their lessons in two seven week blocks within the school’s arts curriculum.  In year 7, students will study animation and camera skills and in year 8, students will study news and film units.  We aim to develop students’ practical ‘hands-on’ skills with a focus on camera skills, editing and print production.  We encourage our students to apply their classroom learning to the live media world within which they exist and to use their developing understanding of genre, audience and institution to adopt an informed and critical viewpoint of the world.  Students will be assessed in each unit and progress will be regularly shared with parents via Go4schools.

Media Studies at Key Stage 4

Our Vision

As a department, we believe that being able to understand and produce media products gives young people the ability to question the world around them, a key skill that is required in today’s media saturated society.  We believe that studying the subject opens young people’s minds to a different view of the world, enabling them to become critical participants in their own media consumption.

The Course

GCSE media studies offers a diverse and engaging curriculum covering a breadth of media topics and themes.  The course offers both a theoretical and practical approach to media studies and new media.  Students will explore media theory, research topics and case studies, as well as storyboarding, scripting and a practical production.  The course offers an insight into film, television, radio, magazine, newspapers, gaming, advertising and marketing, music videos and online, social and participatory media.

Students will have the opportunity to work with skilled, enthusiastic and innovative teachers, as well as a wide range of filming, lighting, sound and editing equipment, including a working TV studio.

Beyond the Course

Students gaining a GCSE in media will have access to a range of career and further education opportunities, both within the school 6th form and beyond.  Studying media allows students to develop a variety of skills that can be linked to a number of career pathways which are prized by both employers and universities, including working to a brief, thinking creatively, meeting deadlines, co-operative teamwork, independent thought and presenting to an audience.

Future Pathways

Although not a compulsory requirement, studying media at GCSE equips you well to start the double A level ‘equivalent’ creative media production BTEC pathway in the 6th form.  The media industry is vast and ever growing, with a plethora of careers and pathways, whether you want to keep your feet on the ground with research, pre-production and marketing, or want to reach for the stars as a writer, director or producer.  With an ever-changing industry, new doors are constantly opening and GCSE media studies is the first step on that exciting journey.


For further information please contact

Mrs E Gauntlett   

Mrs R Moore

Mrs L Rattu

Mr A Pentlow