Media Studies is designed to allow Media students to draw on their existing experience of the media and to develop their abilities to explore as well as create media. It will enable students to investigate and create a wide variety of media formats, including traditional platforms as well as modern digital media technologies.

The course is based around investigating and understanding the media industry. This means that students will analyse and explore different types of media texts, such as films, magazines and websites, as well as making their own media products. They will learn to analyse from the Theoretical Perspectives of Representation, Audience, Industry and Media Language.

We believe that students deserve and benefit from a broad and engaging Media Studies curriculum at both GCSE and A Level, rich in analytical skills, Media Literacy and a knowledge of practical creative analogue and digital processes.

Our aim is to inspire curiosity, support and nurture mature appreciation and questioning, which will prepare them well for future Media learning or employment within this rapidly developing Communications and Arts sector. Our Media Studies curriculum will give students the opportunity to:

  • develop a firm understanding of the Theoretical Framework of Media Language, Audience, Industries and Representation. 
  • analyse complicated Media texts – print, web, or broadcast - confidently and methodically, in order to breakdown the codes and conventions used and discover the messages which are communicated through a variety of texts.
  • develop an enthusiastic and critical appreciation of the broader Media landscape, on all platforms; expanding their experience of genre.
  • demonstrate mastery of analysis through discussion and writing.
  • enjoy a wide range of historical and contemporary Media texts which help them to connect with the rapidly changing world around them.
  • develop cultural capital that will help remove barriers to achievement in school, future learning and the world of work.
  • develop a mature understanding of the Media representations of other cultures and sectors of society, which will enable them to empathise with others in school, within future learning and the world of work.
  • promote an inquisitive and questioning mind-set that does not accept ideas and opinions at face value – yet rather, look for Industry motives and Producer intentions.
  • write clearly, fluently and accurately in plain English, expressing arguments and ideas and showing appropriate application of relevant academic Media theories.
  • develop creative ideas through the production element of the course to establish purpose and satisfy an identified audience.
  • use a wide range of appropriate and ambitious Media-specific vocabulary with precision and purpose. 
  • develop digital media literacy to produce original Media texts of which they can be proud.
  • vocally, articulate and express their ideas, views and opinions about a wide range of Media Issues and Moral Panics clearly, confidently and respectfully.
  • develop their individual character, regarding resilience, confidence and independence; presenting their ideas and supporting the contributions of their peers, so that they contribute positively to the life of the school, the Garforth community and the wider environment. 

Media Studies covers a broad range of subjects, from the highly practical to the theoretical, and give you skills in:

  • critical analysis;
  • research;
  • a broad commercial and cultural awareness of the media and creative industries;
  • teamwork;
  • initiation and development of creative work in writing, audio-visual or e-media.
  • a flexible, creative and independent approach to tasks;
  • the ability to work to a brief and meet deadlines.  

Various employers from different sectors employ those with Media Studies experience, and include:

  • TV production companies;
  • PR consultancies;
  • communications agencies;
  • marketing organisations;
  • digital media companies;
  • local government;
  • the Civil Service;
  • further and higher education institutions, such as over 100 colleges and universities