Media Studies

Students taking part in GCSE Media Studies at Cape Cornwall are invited to investigate the media that surrounds them every day and critically question the messages they are being bombarded with all the time. The aim of all Media Studies courses is to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and creative skills through the analysis and production of media texts.

GCSE Media Studies

All students in Year 10 and 11 follow the AQA syllabus and complete Single Award GCSE Media Studies.

The main skills introduced and developed are:

  • Reading skills, in analysing media texts across print, online and broadcast platforms;
  • Practical skills, which students develop and put into practise designing and producing their own industry style products;
  • Finally there is a social and emotional aspect to learning on this course due to the fact that students analyse how people, places and things are represented in the media, whether in a positive or negative light, critically discussing the possible effect of this on contemporary culture.

AQA Media Studies Single Award details:

Unit 1: Investigating the Media

Assessed by examination, this unit encourages students to recognise importance and conventions of four key concepts in Media Studies: Media Language, Institution, Representation and Audience. The exam topic is a genre focus that is set and released a year prior to the exam by AQA, which allows class time to be spent looking at relevant case studies and examples of the genre to equip students with the necessary skills to achieve well in the paper. Additionally students receive pre-release material in advance of the exam to aid their preparation further.

Unit 2: Understanding the Media

This unit is assessed by completion of controlled assessments. These are selected by the teacher from task banks set by AQA to ensure students gain experience in analysing and producing media across the platforms (web, broadcast and print) in a range of forms. There are three assignments in this unit: Introductory Assignment, Cross Media Assignment, and finally Practical Production and Evaluation. These are progressively more challenging, building on students’ skills as they develop throughout the course. As well as exploring media by analysing  the techniques used, there are also a number of theories that students are encouraged to apply in their work, adding additional challenge and depth to their understanding.

*** If you have any questions or require further information about the Media Studies programme of study, please contact Mrs Hill on the school number (01736) 788501 or email

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