St Bede's Inter-Church School

St Bede’s Inter-Church School

“Cum Deo - With God”  •  Cambridge
St Bede’s Free School Go
Ofsted Outstanding

Media Studies

Media Studies is divided into 2 main areas, reflecting the weighting of the final exams:
• Analysing and interpreting media (70%)
• Creative media production (30%)

Media Studies is an increasingly relevant and important subject for young people today. We live in a media saturated society and the media industry is now the fastest growing employment industry in the world.
Students who take Media Studies are taught to look analytically and critically at the world around them and how it is presented in the 3 different forms of media: print, broadcast and online.
As well as this, students are taught analytical skills similar to those that they use in their English lessons. They are assessed on how they can analyse elements of media language such as camera angles, colours, fonts and word choices. Through this, they need to be able to understand how audiences are targeted, how topics and people are represented and how genre conventions are used.
Students learn an extensive range of new terminology and are also taught the basic skills of the Adobe Creative Suite.

Year 9 Curriculum

Autumn Term:
1. Basic Photoshop and Indesign Skills
2. Analysing and creating Film and TV Posters
• Set Texts: The Martian and Doctor Who

Spring Term:
1. Analysing and creating magazine front covers
2. Introduction to Film Studies
• Set Texts: Vogue, Empire and X-Men
Summer Term:
1. Analysing TV Game Shows
2. Analysing and Creating TV Adverts
• Set Texts: Take Me Out, University Challenge and This Girl Can,

GCSE Curriculum

The GCSE Curriculum is split into the 4 areas of the GCSE Media Studies Theoretical Framework:
• Language
• Industries
• Audience
• Representation

Throughout Years 10 and 11, students study the following:

• Newspaper Analysis Set Texts:
The Sun, The Guardian and The Daily Express
• Print Advertisement Analysis Set Texts:
This Girl Can, Quality Street and James Bond
• Magazine Set Texts:
GQ and Pride
• Radio Set Texts:
The Archers
• TV Set Texts:
Friends and The IT Crowd
• Video Game Set Texts:
Pokemon- Go


The GCSE qualification is made up of 3 components:
• Unit 1: 40% : 1 hour and 30 minutes
This is a written examination on language, industries, representation and context based on seen and unseen forms of print media.
• Unit 2: 30% : 1 hour and 30 minutes
This is a written examination on language, industries, representation and context based on seen and unseen forms of broadcast and online media.
• Unit 3: 30%: Creative Media Production
This is a practical assessment in which students create a piece of media in response to a choice of briefs set out by the exam board. They are expected to show understanding of media language and representation.

Useful Websites:

Eduqas Media Studies
BBC Bitesize

Contact: Miss L Kahwati (Head of Media Studies)