Head of Media Studies: Jacq Powell (j.powell@swr.gloucs.sch.uk)

Our intent:

With the average adult consuming media for almost 8 hours a day, we feel that Media Studies is a subject not only relevant, but essential, for many young people today. How someone responds to the media they consume will affect their ideas about people, places, society, politics, culture, themselves and their place in the world. We want to nurture students’ capacity to critically evaluate the media they consume and how it is shaping the world around them. GCSE Media Studies equips students with the knowledge and skills to do this as well as providing them an opportunity for creativity and autonomy when it comes to the media production they will research and create for coursework (NEA). For students who are interested in a future within the Media Industry, or work in social sciences, communications or public-facing roles, this subject is a great introduction to some of the experience and skills required for these career paths.


  • Trip/visit opportunities related to this field.
  • Collaboration with students from other schools.
  • Film and Media related competitions e.g. Young Reporter, BFI, Watershed Young Film-maker etc.
  • Film Club (if sufficient interest)

The Big Picture

From Eduqas:


Students will study the GCSE Media Studies course offered by the exam board, Eduqas. All components will be studied and the final assessment outcomes are as follows:

  • Exam 1 (40%) – Media Language, Representation, Industries and Audiences
  • Exam 2 (30%) – in-depth study of two Media forms e.g. Television and Music
  • Coursework (30%) – Media Production
Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4 Unit 5 Unit 6
Year 10 Introduction to Course.

Component 1 Section A: Advertising and Marketing

Component 1 Section B: Film Industry Component 1 Section A: Magazines Component 2 Section A: TV genre Component 3: Media Production Component 3: Media Production
Year 11 Component 1 Section B: Video Games Component 2 Section B: Music Videos and Online Media Component 1 Section B: Radio Industry Component 1 Section A: Newspapers Revision Revision