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The Willink School

The Willink School

Media - Mrs L Close Head of Department
Mr Ballantyne


We live in a world where we are surrounded by media messages – from video clips on your phone to TV ads, 24 hour news channels and blockbuster movies. Media Studies seeks to make sense of them all – what are they trying to communicate, how do we know we have been influenced, does the media reflect reality?

By analysing a wide range of media products you will increase your knowledge and understanding of communication, design, research, technology and creativity.

You will also learn the production skills and processes to make your own media products including video editing, photography, design and Photoshop.

Course Outline for Year 11 -

Exam board is AQA. ZigZag Revision workbooks will be available after Christmas at £3.50

Six lessons per fortnight and homework.

Breakdown – coursework, exam percentage

The qualification is split into two units.

Unit 1: Investigating the Media (40%) is a written exam based on a pre-released case study explored during the four weeks leading up to the exam.  The focus for the 2018 exam is Serial Drama.

Unit 2: Understanding the Media (60%) is made up of three practical assignments which are set by the exam board. These include two exploratory assignments and one Production and Evaluation.

Course Outline for Year 10 -

The course specification can be found here: - GCSE course specification

The new GCSE follows the Eduqas exam board.  For this, students will be studying an array of set texts, including Pokemon Go, GQ, This Girl Can and Friends.  Students will be considering how context makes a difference to media texts - comparing historical music videos with modern music videos.

In year 11, students will take two exams, worth 70% of the qualification.
The course has a 30% coursework component, where students will be able to create their own media texts


This practical course will give students the opportunity to gain understanding, knowledge and skills across the creative digital media sectors, e.g. moving image, video production, photography and digital publishing. It is aimed at students who enjoy practical and creative computer tasks and want to create digital content.

Breakdown – coursework, exam percentage

The Cambridge Nationals Level 2 Certificate in Creative iMedia is a vocational qualification equivalent to a GCSE and is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.


Pre-production Skills (Written Exam) – researching and planning digital media projects.

Creating Digital Graphics (Coursework) – use Photoshop to create a range of digital products.

OPTIONAL COURSEWORK UNITS (at least two will be studied)

  • - Create a digital video sequence
  • - Digital Photography
  • - Designing a game concept
  • - Creating interactive multimedia products


At KS5, students have an opportunity to widen their understanding of the media landscape, exploring a variety of set texts and understanding what theories exist, including considering representation of gender, the way that audiences work and an understanding of institutional issues like regulation.

Course Outline for Year 13

Students are following the WJEC course. 

- In MS3 (25% of the A-Level) students investigate a topic of their interest in the areas of representation, genre or narrative.  Students will then use their findings to create their own media text. 

- In MS4, (25% of the A-Level) students take an end of year examination covering three industries - Music Artists, Television and Film. 

Course Outline for Year 12

Students will be following the Eduqas course, which can be found here:- A Level specification There is an opportunity for students to take the AS at the end of year 12.

 On this course, students will study a variety of set texts and consider how context can have an impact on them.  Students will be critically considering theorists, developing their own viewpoints on topics such as how far the Media has an effect on us and whether or not the Media can be accused of reinforcing negative stereotypes.

Students will take two exams at the end of the course, worth 70%. They will also produce their own media texts, worth 30% of the qualification.