Media Studies


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In the UK, children spend more time in front of computers, televesion + game screens, than any other activity other than sleeping. (Kaiser Foundation 2013)

“In the UK children spend more time in front of computer, television + game screens, than any other activity other than sleeping” (Kaiser Foundation 2013)



The media has a profound influence upon our highly technological world. Its significance on our experiences, from the conduct of everyday life, to the exercise of power, politics and creation of culture, is inescapable. As a result, At Holy Trinity we believe that the contemporary nature of Media Studies supports pupils’ intellectual, emotional and social development and as they begin to interpret media texts rigorously, they make better sense of the ever-changing world around them.


Pupils learn exceptionally well and results in Media Studies are good. Staff have a rich subject knowledge and are keen to keep abreast of new technologies. Pupils actively engage with media practice, theory and production and as a result, develop good communication and critical thinking skills. Very quickly pupils learn how to appraise media texts and show a profound confidence in doing so. We are proud of our pupils and expect that they will all do well.


Media Studies provides good opportunity for pupils to explore the powerful messages found in digital and printed media. Reporting and essay writing are common and this practise closely supports English and other language based courses. Pupils are good at examining the media and its influence on their own lives and they actively research themes such as film semiotics, audience theory and broadcasting regulation. Pupils explore media concepts such as audience, style and consumption.

An emphasis on 50% practical tasks enables pupils to develop the skills required within the Media industry. Pupils might create advertising messages, magazines, mini films and teaser trailers and will use industry standard software including: Photoshop, Scribus and Lightworks Pro.

For the GCSE programme of study, pupils are introduced to; high quality desk top publishing, image manipulation programmes and film making software. They create a digital portfolio and take part in a two hour examination.

At A Level, Post 16 pupils work with various DTP and CAD software packages and submit online portfolios. They work hard to prove that they are ahead of current media trends and use a multitude of media gadgets. Detailed case studies explore media institutions and theoretical work centres upon the appreciation of media language and film philosophy. At the end of Year 13 pupils can begin working within various media fields or go on to University to study for honour degrees in Media and Communications. Promisingly, the Office of National Statistics 2014, reported that young people with a degree in Media have the second highest employment rate in the UK.

At both, Key stage 4 and Post 16, pupils study from the Oxford, Cambridge and RSA syllabus – intellectually rigorous and highly regarded – See the OCR website.


Pupils are invited to use all of the Media equipment available to them, before, during and after school. Additional Photoshop experience is available for the more able and a film club is now underway.

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Across all fields, media jobs are expected to increase by 2020. The Guardian.

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