Media Studies


Media Studies is a hugely popular and successful subject at A level within Royal Russell School.  Over 90% of our A level pupils achieved an A* to B grade in 2016.  As a result of this success we are launching a GCSE Media qualification in 2017.

Both courses involve a mixture of theory and practical work.  All our pupils learn how to produce music videos, film trailers and advertrs using a range of technologies.

During the course, pupils learn how to analyse films, advertisements, newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns and television programmes.

Our pupils 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. They may also be involved in the filming of school plays, events, concerts and other ad hoc internal and external projects.

Our media pupils are creative, analytical and passionate about what they do. 

Key Points

  • On completing the course, pupils have progressed to top universities such as Univeristy College London, Warwick, St Andrew's and Central St Martin's, as well as the best film and TV production course in the UK, at Westminster
  • Pupils can participate in a range of exciting co-curricular activities, including a GCSE film making club, MUN TV and other major live projects
  • Our pupils excel in Media Studies, Three pupils were short-listed for British Film Industry pupil film-making competitions and another pupils short film was screened at US film festivals


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. 

Please click here to find out more about our GCSE option. 

A Level

Pupils studying A level Media Studies can expect to learn how to analyse a wide range of media products and to create their own, using our well resourced media department.

Media Studies can be the first step in a wide variety of careers in the broadcast, print or new media industries.  Whether pupils want to be a journalist or web designer, a scriptwriter or to work in advertising, this course develops the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding.

Please click here to find out more about our A level course.

Media Magazine Film Competition

Year 13 Media pupil Ryan Ng has been short-listed for the most prestigious film-making competition for A level pupils in the UK.  

His Film Noir trailer, shot on location in Hong Kong, is on a short-list of four videos.  Ryan will discover if he has won at an awards ceremony in July, held at the BFI's National Film Theatre.