Subject: Media Studies
Members of staff: Mr M Foster – Department Leader
Subject Overview:

A hands-on course alongside their GCSEs that gives students a taste of what the sector is like, as well as the skills and confidence to succeed in their next steps. With the new BTEC Tech Award in Creative Media Production, students get the chance to develop valuable skills and techniques in different disciplines, produce a practical response to a digital media brief, and explore potential careers in the industry.

How the course works…

As the BTEC Tech Award in Creative Media Production is a practical introduction to life and work in the industry, your students can explore the sector while:

  • developing technical skills and techniques
  • producing a digital media product in response to a brief
  • reviewing and reflecting on the process and outcome.

The course has two internally assessed components, and one that’s externally assessed; these components build on each other to motivate your students by helping them put what they’ve learned into practice and grow in confidence.

Key Stage 4
Content: Year 11:
Autumn Term 1: Component 1: Exploring media products (weighting = 30%)

Aim: learn about the sector and investigate media products across the following sub-sectors:

  • audio/moving image (TV programmes, films, video shorts, animations, radio broadcasts)
  • publishing (newspapers, magazines, books, e-magazines, comics)
  • interactive (websites, mobile applications, mobile games, video games, online games).

Assessment: internally assessed assignments

Autumn Term 2: Component 2: Developing digital media production skills (weighting = 30%)

Aim: develop technical skills and techniques in the chosen discipline(s) of audio/moving image, publishing and interactive.

Assessment: internally assessed assignments

Spring Term 1: Component 3: Create a media product in response to a brief (weighting = 40%)

Aim: apply digital skills and techniques by
responding to a digital media brief.

Assessment: externally assessed task where students respond to a brief to create a media product.

Spring Term 2: As above, with a direct focus on the 2020 brief, which will be released early February.
Summer Term 1: Final preparation for external assessment (acquisition of resources, practise etc.).
Summer Term 2: N/A
Revision Links for GCSE Course:


How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

  1. Encourage interaction with a wide range of film, TV, magazines and news outlets; discuss world events and encourage opinions.
  2. Students have access to all coursework via their Google Drive and Google Classroom,
    so they should be working on reaching their highest grade outside of lesson time.
Extra-Curricular Activities:

  1. In school we have a Student Newspaper, Politics group and many others which could help a student to develop their own opinions and utilise skills essential for Media Studies.