Media Studies will help students to develop an understanding of the world they live in, looking at the impact of popular media such as: film and television, publishing, music, computer games, the news and social media. As well as analysing the effect of the media on our daily lives, students will have the opportunity to create and design their own work in our Media classrooms.  Here, students will practise a range of skills in desktop publishing, photo editing and filmmaking.

Study at Key Stage Four

We offer two courses: BTEC Tech Award Creative Media and GCSE Media Studies. Both courses cover a range of knowledge, understanding, practical and written skills.   The BTEC Tech Award will give students an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of creative media whereby they will explore some of the key areas within the creative sector, learning how to address the needs of clients and create media work that meets creative project briefs.

The AQA GCSE Media course engages students in the in-depth study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework: media language, media representation, media industries and media audiences. Students are required to study media products from all of the following media forms:

  • television
  • film
  • radio
  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • advertising and marketing
  • online, social and participatory media 
  • video games 
  • music video 

Each qualification is assessed with an external exam; the BTEC exam is worth 40% of students’ final grade and the GCSE exam is worth 70% of their final grade. The rest of the work is assessed by the teacher through controlled assessment tasks and will cover a range of topics such as: advertising, film promotion and marketing, magazines and publishing.

Extra-Curricular opportunities

“The Amery Quill” reporters meet every week after school.  We have students of all ages writing articles for the student magazine on wide-ranging topics – from book reviews to school events.  We aim to publish two magazines a year.

Our Media students help around the school with publishing materials and short videos as and when required. For example, they produced the promotional campaign to publicise the school production.