Media Studies

Who We Are

Mr L Hadley - Curriculum Leader
Mrs M Lloyd
Miss A Alder

Students at The Emmbrook emerge from courses in Media Studies with:

  1. Enhanced knowledge and understanding of the role the media in their lives and their relationship to it;
  2. Analytical and critical thinking skills applicable in a multitude of academic and career paths;
  3. Creative media skills and experiences offering wider forms of expression;
  4. Greater appreciation of the breadth, depth and fast-changing nature of Media industries, leading to a curiosity about future trends and their impacts on modern life;
  5. Enriched cultural experience, competence, and media literacy, and a growing lucidity in their own identities, values and relationships and agency as both media users and producers, within ever-evolving media-saturated society.

This is achieved by facilitating familiarisation with the theoretical framework of Media Studies – Media Languages, Representation, Audiences and Media Industries – and practising applying it across a vast body of examples across different media forms, including print, broadcast and e-media, and industries, including film, television, magazine, news, advertising, video games and radio. Students are actively encouraged to draw upon a plurality of examples from their own media consumption, placing value of their own media experiences and choices, as well as being guided through exposure to a range of examples of media within the curriculum. They are introduced to a range of theoretical perspectives and encouraged to evaluate the strengths and limitations of these.

Finally, students of Media Studies have opportunities for creativity, pairing their developing knowledge, understanding and critical thinking skills with new creative skills in practical production projects.

What counts as Media?

  • Television
  • Online Media
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Film Industry
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Social and Participatory Media
  • Websites
  • Music Video
  • Radio
  • Video Games

Why study the media?

  1. The media are a crucial source of information and knowledge about the world. 
  2. Media representations shape how people understand identities.
  3. The media play a key role in defining values and ideas.     
  4. We need to understand who owns and controls media production.
  5. The media are an important employer.       
  6. The media play a key role in the political life of modern societies.
  7. We need to understand who has access to the media.       
  8. We need to assess whether, and how, media should be regulated.
  9. We need to understand what impact media have on audiences.
  10. The media shape the experiences of everyday life.

GCSE Media Studies

Examination Board: WJEC/Eduqas


A-Level Media Studies

Examination Board: WJEC/Eduqas

September 2022