GCSE Media Studies

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GCSE Media Studies launched in September 2017, reflecting the huge successes of the Department at A level. The Department has a dedicated Apple Mac suite and is developing a fully functioning studio in which students will learn new technical skills to help them to express their ideas as well as new ways to analyse the media that surrounds them in their everyday lives. Our students participate in an exciting array of co-curricular activities, including Royal Russell Day and MUN TV, which equip them with the skills and experience they need to excel in the subject.  Media students are creative, analytical and passionate about what they do.


Over this exciting two year course, you will develop a real appreciation for the Media’s powerful role in our society, culture and politics. Through exploring a wide range of texts, from advertising and magazines, to news progammes, video games and music videos, you will be able to apply skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision making and analysis. By the end of the course, you will have used this understanding of key media theories and issues, along with your own creativity and honed practical skills, to produce your own media text. You will have become a member of the most dynamic and exciting department, with so many opportunities to demonstrate and develop your creative and critical skills in the co-curricular projects and activities. Like many of our former students, you may soon be hearing your names called in Award Ceremonies or reading them proudly in Production Credits.


Component 1: Exploring Media Language and Representation

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

30% of qualification

Section A: Media Language and News

One stepped question based on either newspapers or radio news/current affairs programmes.

Section B: Representations

One stepped question based on one media form from a choice of two, including advertising, video games, magazines or music videos

Section C: Representation and Responses

One two-part question based on unseen print-based resource material related to any of the above texts, thinking about how a text is consumed by an audience.

Component 2: Understanding Media Forms and Products

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

40% of qualification

Four questions in total, including one extended response, based on theoretical frameworks: media language, representations, industries, audiences.

Section A – Television Genres: Crime Drama OR Sitcom

Section B – Film Marketing – Star Wars or Bond franchise

Component 3: Creating Media Products

Non-exam assessment (coursework)

30% of qualification

An individual media production for an intended audience.


In 2016, 90% of our A level students achieved A*-B and two of our recent student’s films were nominated for National Awards, so students can look forward to furthering their studies at Royal Russell with confidence and anticipation. Indeed, for some students, GCSE Media may be the first step on a career in the media industries. Former students are currently enjoying exciting careers in television and advertising, having studied at the best universities for the subject in the UK.