Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4


The course is designed to allow media students to draw on their existing experience of the media to develop their abilities to explore as well as create media including digital media technologies, drawing on the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media: texts, organisations and audiences/users.

The course is based on 3 independent study areas:
  • The products of the media – media texts (explored in terms of genre, narrative and representation)
  • The organisations behind those texts (explored in terms of production, distribution and regulatory issues)
  • The audiences for, and users of, those texts

The course is organised in terms of two central activities:

  • Theoretical thinking about the media, involving investigating and analysing media texts and their various contexts
  • Creating for the media, involving planning, producing and presenting media texts


Assessment in Media Studies reflects the dependence of these two activities on each other. The examination paper is divided into two sections (thinking about the media and planning the media); and the internal controlled assessment includes two investigations and a production which encourage thinking as well as creating.
Examination - 40 %             Coursework - 60 %