Media Studies

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Media Studies Department

Subject Leader Media Studies Mr K Kyle

The course looks at a range of media, including TV crime dramas, adverts, video games amongst others, and studies them according to the relationship between producers and audiences. When students have a firm grounding in the theory of how the media industry works as a business, they will have the opportunity to make media products themselves.

Component 1: Exploring the Media

Component 1 Section A: Exploring Media Language and Representation

This section assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following print media forms: magazines, marketing (film posters), newspapers, or print advertisements. There are two questions in this section:

  • one question assessing media language in relation to one set product (reference to relevant contexts may be required) 
  • one two-part question assessing representation in relation to one set product and one unseen resource in the same media form. Part (a) is based on media contexts. Part (b) requires comparison through an extended response.

Section B: Exploring Media Industries and Audiences

This section assesses two of the following media forms: film, newspapers, radio, video games.

It includes:

  • one stepped question on media industries
  • one stepped question on audiences.

This component assesses all areas of the theoretical framework and contexts of the media in relation to television and music.

Component 2: Understanding Media Forms and Products

Component 2 Section A: Television

  • one question on either media language or representation, which will be based on an extract from one of the set television programme episodes to be viewed in the examination (reference to relevant contexts may be required)
  • one question on media industries, audiences or media contexts.

Section B: Music (music videos and online media)

  • one question on either media language or representation (reference to relevant contexts may be required)
  • one question on media industries, audiences or media contexts.

Component 3: Creating Media Products (Coursework)

Component 3: Creating Media Products (Coursework)

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.

Key Stage 5

KS5 IB Film Studies

Please refer to the Post 16 Course Directory 2022-24 for KS5 information by clicking here.

Examination title: International Baccalaureate

Examination Board: International Baccalaureate

Length of Course: 2 years

Course description:

The DP film course aims to develop students as both producers and audiences of film texts. Through the study and analysis of film texts, and practical exercises in film production, students develop critical abilities and appreciation of artistic, cultural, historical and global perspectives in film.

Course Content:

Reading film

Examine film as an art form, studying a broad range of film texts from a variety of cultural contexts and analysing how film elements combine to create meaning.

Contextualizing film

Explore the evolution of film across time and culture. Examine various areas of film focus in order to recognise the similarities and differences that exist between films from contrasting cultures.

Exploring film production roles

Explore various film production roles through engagement with all phases of the filmmaking process. Acquire, develop and apply skills through filmmaking exercises, experiments and completed films.

Collaboratively producing film

Focus on the collaborative aspects of filmmaking and experience working in core production teams to fulfil shared artistic intentions. Individual students will work in chosen film production roles and contribute to all phases of the filmmaking process to collaboratively create original completed films as a team.


Textual analysis- Written work (max 1,750 words) analysing of a prescribed film text based on a chosen extract (max 5 mins), and list of sources. 20% of overall qualification.

Comparative study- Recorded multimedia comparative study (max 10 mins), and list of sources. 20% of overall qualification.

Film portfolio- Portfolio pages (max 9 pages: 3 pages per production role) and list of sources. A film reel (max 9 mins: 3 mins per production role, including 1 completed film).

25% of overall qualification.

Collaborative film project- Completed film (max 7 mins), Project report (max 2,000 words) and list of sources. 35% of overall qualification.

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