Examination Board: Eduqas         Specification:  GCSE Media Studies


Description of Course

The course is designed to offer students insight into contemporary issues through the use of different media in creative and practical ways.  GCSE Media Studies offers the opportunity for practical and creative work alongside essential theoretical studies, providing an understanding of how and why certain products have been constructed for an audience.

Students will study key media areas including language, audience, industries and representations through the completion of class, group and individual in-depth case studies.  This will be studied via set texts from the examination board, supplemented with texts selected by teachers.

In the June prior to the year of assessment, the exam board will release a brief from which students must select a task to complete for their media production project.  Media Studies has a dedicated suite of new, high-spec computers for students’ use in the Media Studio, allowing students to produce media products of which they will be truly proud!

How Will You Learn

  • You will be expected to discuss, plan and write about media texts.
  • You will be expected to research into, plan and create media texts. 
  • You will use a range of creative software such as Photoshop and Sony Vegas.

It is essential that you have an interest in the media, have creative ambitions and are willing to engage with the active making of media texts.


Method of Assessment

  • Component 1 (Paper 1): Examination - 40%
  • Component 2 (Paper 2): Examination - 30%
  • Component 3: Media Production: - Non-Exam Assessment - 30%


Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

Students who have chosen creative media have recently continued to:

  • Advertising and Marketing at Falmouth University.
  • Film studies at Bath University.
  • Gaming Design at Portsmouth University.
  • Journalism at Cardiff University.
  • Film and Media Studies at Bristol University.
  • Film production at Salford University.

Of course there are post 16 opportunities here to study Media here at A Level.

Career Routes

There are many pathways forward through to Further Education and Higher Education.

Career possibilities include:

  • Television Production
  • Screenwriting
  • Film Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Game Design
  • Creative Media

Advertising and marketing.


Pupil comments

“This is great.  It is harder than I thought at first.  I really like using the creative software.”

“If you think you’re going to sit and watch films this is not the course for you. I really was surprised at the depth there is in the films we studied.  I’ll never look at film in the same way again.”

“Studying Media is brilliant.  It really makes you think about what we watch and play.”



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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
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