Media and Film Studies

Welcome to Media and Film Studies!

Media 2Media and Film have become an integral part of our culture. In our vibrant Media and Film Studies department, we believe that students should be given the skills to think for themselves, to develop informed opinions and become responsible citizens of this digital world.  

The department provides a variety of methods and opportunities to study Media and Film at Key Stage 4 and 5 offering GCSE Media Studies, A Level Film Studies and BTEC Level 3 in Creative Media Production. Media Studies gives students the chance to develop a critical understanding of the role of the media in daily life. It encourages an understanding of how to use key media concepts to analyse media products and the opportunity for hands-on practical work. BTEC Media, available at Key Stage 5, allows students the opportunity to take a more practical approach with extended production and research projects; learning practical skills for a creative media environment. The current Level 3 course is 100% coursework based. Finally, Film Studies develops critical thinking, research and analytical skills, taking a theoretical approach to the cultural impact and importance of film in a range of film industries.

Media and Film Studies are relevant to other subjects as the analytical and research skills the students develop can be applied to any other area of study, in particularly English, Art and Humanities. The practical skills learnt can be used in a variety of settings in school such as ICT, Graphic Design and Art as well as on a personal development as students become aware of needs to present themselves to others in a way that targets other’s expectations of them.

tree (002)Our teachers strive to include and engage all students using a variety of teaching methods and approaches as well as the latest available equipment. We will always make sure that our lessons cater for all students and answer specific questions and needs from each student.

We have a number of Learning Support Assistants working within our classes to support particular students or particular groups. The Learning Support Assistants become experts in the topics studied and are invaluable to the students’ progress.

Our Curriculum

We endeavour to provide a wide range of learning experiences for our students which will prepare them for further study of the subject and a career in the Industry.

At GCSE we follow the AQA specification which is 60% coursework and 40% exam. In Year 9 we provide the foundation for the study of Media studies. Students learn to analyse a range of media texts through the following units:

- An introduction to Media Studies

- iMovie – an introduction to video editing

- Adobe Photoshop – photo manipulation skills

- Audience research

- Media Theory and Debates

- Coursework unit – Packaging of DVDs

In Year 10 we complete the following coursework assignments:

- Cross Media Study: an in depth look at cross platform marketing

- Print Film Promotion

- Moving Image Film Promotion

- How to create your own Film Promotion campaign

- Production of a Print Film Poster

- Production of a Film Trailer

- Advertising Study: an investigation in to marketing and advertising campaign

- Research, Planning and Presentation of own Marketing Campaign

- Production and Evaluation of own advertising campaign.

In Year 11 we prepare for the examination topic which changes each year. We look at the designated exam topic in relation to the key concepts of Representation, Media Language, Audience and Institutions. Students will thoroughly prepare for their  final examination through teacher led sessions, group work and independent study and response.

BTEC Level 3 in Creative Media Production

This course is two years and 100% coursework. The course will cover a range of skills and prepare students for work in the creative media industries with a specific focus on TV and Film. Over the two year course, student will undertake a range units in two extended projects to produce a TV Advert in Year 12 and a music video in Year 13 gaining commination skills and developing their practical production skills along the way. By the end of the course, students will have developed professional career development material to help find work in the creative media industries.

Unit 1: Pre Production Skills for the Creative Media Production

Unit 2: Communication Techniques for Creative Media Industries

Unit 3: Research for Creative Media Production

Unit 8: Understanding the TV and Film Industries

Unit 16: Editing Techniques

Unit 29 Music Video Production

Unit 30 TV Advert Production

Film Studies A Level (WJEC) is a two year GCE course that covers a range of both theoretical and practical skills that allow students a more analytical approach to film experience. Film Studies is a subject that by its nature, requires candidates to consider individual, moral, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues. The course is split into coursework and examination as below.

Year 12

FM1: Exploring Film Form (coursework 40%)

This coursework includes written and practical work including an analysis of how the micro aspects of a chosen extract from a film of candidate's choice produce meanings and responses (1500 words) creative project based on a film sequence or short film sequence.

FM2: British and American Film (exam 60%)

Section A: Producers and Audiences this topic requires a focus on basic aspects of the working of: The British and American Film Industry; Film demand and supply, specifically in the UK today and a study of the importance of genre and stars, both for producers and for audiences.

Section B: British Film: Boarders and Belongings this topic is concerned with basic questions of identity and belonging in relation to a place which is called the United Kingdom but in which "British" is an increasingly contested term.  

Section C: US Film Comparison a study of two American films comparing themes, style and the social and political context surrounding production.

Year 13

FM3: Film Research and Creative Projects

A small scale research project born from the students own passions and interests in film. This is accompanied by an annotated catalogue of research and a presentation script of their research topic and a creative project in the form of a short film, screenplay or digital photo storyboard or a short film sequence.

FM4: Varieties of Film Experience

Section A: World Cinema this section requires a specific engagement with a World Cinema topic, including contextual knowledge.

Section B: Spectatorship and Documentary the study of the impact on the spectator of different kinds of documentary – for example, the overtly persuasive and the apparently observational film.

Section C: Single film- Critical Study the ability of candidates to engage in critical study of a single film is examined in this section.

Enrichment and Extra Curricular

Beyond the curriculum in Media and Film Studies we offer a number of catch-up and improvement sessions. Some of these offer targeted feedback and improvement opportunities and students are invited to these specifically. Whereas some of these are drop-in surgeries which students choose to attend because they want to develop their coursework, want to use the equipment or want to create a media or film product independently.


A link to the most recent department review for Media and Film Studies can be found here.

 Further Study:

Each year students who take Media Studies at GCSE go on to study the subject at A-Level through either the Film, Media or BTEC routes and then at University Level. Students who have left are currently studying Media, Film, Graphic Design and Games Design, TV and Film Production at Bournemouth, Bristol and Roehampton University. We are also proud of students who have gone to apprenticeships after A Level and are now working within the industry following their placements.