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Copleston High School

Exam Board: Eduqas

Why study Media?

Media Studies is an exciting and challenging course designed to give learners an insight into the media industry, whilst building strong analytical and creative skills.  Initially learners will develop their analysis by applying media theory to set products chosen by Eduqas.  This will involve deconstructing products using media language in a methodical way, whilst considering their intended audience and areas of representation.


How is Media Studies assessed?

Students are formally assessed every half-term through completing an exam style question about the topic they are studying.  In addition, lessons will include regular low stakes questioning and quizzes.  Lesson work is complimented by home learning tasks focusing on unseen analysis, revision skills, and coursework planning tasks.  Mock exams begin in Year 10 and 11 where students can experience practicing their exam technique and later reviewing their answers with the support of their teacher.  More detailed information about the planned assessments can be found on the Media Studies curriculum maps included on this page.

KS4 Assessment Process:

  • Component 1- Exploring the Media (40% Exam)
  • Component 2- Understanding Media Forms and Products (30% Exam)
  • Component 3- Creating Media Products (30% Non-Exam assessment)- An individual media production for an intended audience in response to a choice of briefs set by Eduqas, applying knowledge and understanding of media language and representation.  Year 10 students complete their coursework in the Summer Term.

KS5 Assessment Process:

  • Component 1- Media Products, Industries, and Audiences (35% Exam)
  • Component 2- Media Forms and Products in Depth (35% Exam)
  • Component 3- Cross Media Production (30% Non-Exam Assessment)- An individual cross-media production based on two forms in response to a choice of briefs set by Eduqas, applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.  Year 12 students complete their coursework in the Summer Term.

In the future:

Media Studies is an excellent qualification to prepare learners for college, university, employment, or an apprenticeship.

Universities value Media Studies highly, especially if you are wanting to study Journalism, Film, Media, TV production, or Advertising and Marketing. 

Those seeking to pursue Media Studies beyond A-level can expect a wide variety of career options depending on their specialism.  These include media planning, advertising account management, copywriting, and market research. Alternatively, other suitable careers can be found within television broadcasting, as well as magazine, newspaper, and broadcast journalism.


Curriculum Maps

The topics we study are outlined in our curriculum maps: