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Jerome Cronin - Teacher of Media

Key Stage 4


KS4 Exam Board


GCSE Media Studies

AQA specification – 60% coursework element (3 pieces) Assignments: Lifestyle Magazines, Horror Film Promotion, Advertising and Marketing

40% Exam – (The topic changes each year)

The course combines practical and theoretical knowledge – particularly pre-production work and production skills allowing students to gain a valuable insight into the way the media works.

It provides the opportunity to be creative in areas that interest them such as: Film, television and music.  For example:  Producing their own videos, web designs or recordings.  It also allows students to analyse and understand things that they might otherwise have taken for granted, such as the packaging on DVDs or how the opening minutes of a film, radio show or game are designed to grab the audience’s attention.

Media Studies allows students to focus on issues that relate to their everyday lives.


Knowledge/skills gained:

  • Students develop appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in their daily lives
  • Critical thinking and decision-making skills
  • Pre-production and planning skills like storyboarding, scripting, flat plans, news selection, mock-ups and sketching
  • Production skills like photography, filming, recording, editing, and desktop publishing – learn how to use software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After effects
  • An understanding of new technologies
  • Evaluation skills


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 Key Stage 5

KS5 Exam Board


Level 3 Creative Digital Media Production

What will you study?

Students studying Media advance their knowledge of the media market and gain the skills required for a career in the industry. The specialist units support students who want to pursue specific areas of interest in writing, publishing, broadcast media and gaming. Overall, candidates develop an excellent all-round understanding of the challenges and rewards of a career in media.

Foundation Diploma

Total of 6 Units, 4 of which are mandatory

This course covers an extensive range of media skills including pre-production skills, single camera filming, video editing. You will also cover optional units in research skills, animation, the TV and film industries and communication skills. This qualification is the equivalent to 1.5 A Levels.

Supports further progression in creative media education, to an Apprenticeship or entry level employment in the creative industries sector.


You will learn?

A range of media production skills: print, audio & audio visual.

How to effectively present your work, gather audience feedback and evaluate your own progress.

You will also learn about media industries, how they are structured and regulated.

The emphasis of both qualifications is placed on the practical production of media products as well as understanding key concepts within Media texts.


Where could this take you?

This course structure provides you with the skills required to continue your studies at University or immediately pursue a career in the media industry. Journalism, broadcasting, advertising, marketing, illustration, animation, public relations, television and video production are just a few examples of the kinds of courses or careers that studying Media could lead to. This is a dynamic and exciting industry that has much to offer potential new employees. We have had students’ progress from this course going on to study at University and work on films such as James Bond ‘Skyfall’ and most recently the new Star Wars film ‘The Force Awakens’.