Media Studies

Media is about communication, particularly mass communication with lots of people. The media creates products that are designed to entertain and inform, created for lots of people to hear, watch or read, often at roughly the same time. Whenever you are watching television, streaming films, scrolling through social media or listening to a podcast, you are consuming media.

The power that the media has is huge. Think about the idea that the average adult consumes media for almost 8 hours a day , and within that time, they are being bombarded by other people’s ideas and opinions and images of the world and its people. How someone responds to that will affect their ideas about people, places and society, of politics and culture, of themselves and of their place in the world.

Key Stage 4 and 5

Assessment Format:

Key Stage 4: BTEC L1/2 Tech Award in Creative Media Production

Curriculum Content

At Key stage 4 students willdevelop skills across a range of media practices using a combination of practical exploration, experimentation and realistic vocational contexts. They will develop personal skills, such as managing their creative projects, documenting progress of skills and work, responding to briefs and presenting work through a practical and skills-based approach to learning and assessment. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs. The qualification will broaden learners’ experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.

Key Stage 5: BTEC L3 Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production

Attraction of the Subject:

Studying Media gives students a variety of future career directions and transferable skills for their next steps. Critical thinking, along with analytical and practical skills, is highly regarded and beneficial in many different professional and higher education contexts. The Creative Industries are a thriving, vital part of the UK’s economy and students can begin a career in this sector through further study in related disciplines at university or through direct entry to apprenticeships or working in the media industries. Jobs directly related to Media could include Media Planner, Multimedia Specialist, Programme Researcher, Public Relations Officer, Runner and Social Media Manager.

Special Requirements:

  • Well organised and self-motivated.
  • Creative skills through analysis of media products and application of photographic manipulation and editing.
  • Ability to work as a team as well as independently
  • Critical awareness of how the media engages and attracts audiences.

Further information can be found at:

Pearson