Media Studies

Mr C Dobbs is Head of Media Studies, a long standing and experienced teacher who is fully trained in Media.

The Media Studies room is fitted with state of the art facilities such as Interactive Whiteboards and Visualisers. The classroom also has a suite of computers and these facilities are accessible to pupils both within lessons and after school to assist with independent learning and homework.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 4

Pupils in Years 10 & 11 receive three 60 minute lessons a week with homework set once a week in accordance with the school's homework policy. The two year GCSE course is endorsed by the WJEC examination board (40% examinations and 60% Controlled Assessment). Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups. Progress is tracked and monitored in accordance with agreed school procedure. Pupils complete a range of both formal and informal assessments in the form of extended creative projects that aim to develop pupils as creative makers of media tasks. In addition, extended writing activities provide opportunities that support pupils' design work.

Results in Media Studies are regularly well above the National Average with pupils often achieving outstanding GCSE results in this subject. (2012: A*/A 48%, A*-C 100%).

GCSE Courses for Media Studies

Subject Key Stage 4
Media Studies WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Media Studies (C680QS)

Year 9 Curriculum Map

Curriculum Plan


ASSESSMENT: Coursework 30%: Examination 70%

CONTENT OVERVIEW: Pupils will follow a broad course of study and examine the role of the media in the modern world. The course will draw upon pupils' own expertise and encourage them to develop a deeper understanding of the industrial and commercial world of the media, the impact of the new digital era and the convergence of media forms. With the media industry being one of the growth areas in this country, this GCSE is an important introduction to anybody with a desire to follow a career in this field. Past pupils have progressed onto a variety of academic and vocational course; some have even begun their own companies!

GCSE results in Media Studies are well above the National expectation. In the past, pupils have entered work into exhibitions run by Manchester University School of Art, to name but one organisation.

Overview of Specification

Component GCSE Media Studies
Investigating the Media
Written exam: 1.5 hours (40%)
Six forms & products studied in relation to key aspects of the theoretical framework.
Investigating Media Forms and Products
Written exam: 1.5 hours (30%)
Two forms studied in depth in relation to all aspects of the theoretical framework.
Media Production
Non-exam assessment (30%)
An individual media production for an intended audience in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC.

Inline with all GCSE subjects, Media Studies has a greater academic input, with a focus on traditional exam format.

Component One offers students the chance to study a range of media forms including: Film marketing, Advertising, Newspaper and Magazine front pages.

Component Two investigates the industries behind media products, Students will study Film organisations, Newspaper ownership, Radio and Online gaming.

Component Three is a production project, which allows students to demonstrate their understanding of media conventions by making a popular media text. This is an area where past Hollingworth students have excelled!

SKILLS DEVELOPED: "There is only one twenty first century skill: the ability to act intelligently when you are faced with a situation for which you have not been specificially prepared." - Seymour Papert

Media Studies is a creative and engaging course. It will empower you to question and challenge many of the ideas expressed in modern, mainstream media (television, film making, advertising ...). The subject requires a willingness to think and work independently, which is a skill demanded by courses at post 16 and university level, and is regarded as essential by employers too.

Develop Your Academic Confidence

CARRER AND EDUCATIONAL PATHWAYS: Media Studies is one of the most popular choices at both post 16 and university level. The majority of top universities offer a variety of Media courses and employrers value the creative intelligence and awareness of media students. With Media City on our doorstep, Media Studies supports pupils who may wish to progress to areas such as television production, marketing and advertising, journalism, game design, to name but a few. The excellent reputation Media Studies has earned at Hollingworth has enabled us to develop strong links with St. John's College Cambridge, Manchester Metropolitan University and Rochdale Sixth Form College.

"You couldn't be doing a more challenging and relevant programme of study"
Professor Nathalie Fenton: Head of University Media, Communication and Cultural Studies


In light of changes to Key Stage 4, the curriculum for Year 9 Media Studies is under review 2019-20.

Revision/Catch-up Sessions

The Media Studies department organises support sessions over several hours in a week, whereby intensive revision programmes, assessment guidance and mentoring support is offered. All year groups can access the computers and internet facilities which are always available for pupils to use.