General Information

Hull Trinity House Academy recognises the value of learning about contemporary arts subjects. As part of the options at KS4, GCSE Media Studies is taught for 3 lessons per week. It is taught by an experienced media teacher, Mrs Mills, who has won national school competitions in the field of the media.



Staff Member
 Mrs G. Mills
 Media Teacher 
 Assistant Principal



GCSE Media Studies focuses on developing analysis and production skills across the print, moving image and e-media landscape. The course is designed to build on existing experience of the media, such as TV, comics and films, to develop abilities to explore and create media texts. It builds on skills that you have developed from a variety of different subjects, including Art, Computing and English, including academic and practical tasks throughout.

The academic and practical tasks of GCSE Media Studies are organised in terms of the two central activities: thinking about the media, involving investigating media texts and their various contexts; creating for the media, involving planning, producing and presenting media texts. Learning will be about: media texts (explored in terms of genre, narrative and representation); the organisations behind those texts; and the audiences for, and users of, those texts. The types of media texts that may be studied are science-fiction films, comic books, magazines, music videos, TV dramas, video games, advertising or the news.

There are a wide variety of learning opportunities in Media Studies, including individual, pair and small group work. The course ensures the development of analytical techniques, supporting ideas and arguments with evidence and developing a range of different presentational skills.


40% of the final grade in Media Studies is assessed through a written examination paper60% of the final grade in Media Studies is assessed through controlled assessment, which consists of two written textual investigations of 400-850 words (10% for each investigation) and one media production consisting of research, planning, the production itself and an evaluation (40%).

Exam Board: WJEC
Controlled   Assessment
Two textual investigations of 400-850 words or equivalent (10% for each investigation) and one media production consisting of research, planning, the production itself and an evaluation.
Written   Examination Paper. This paper is 2 hours 15 minutes and will include 5 minutes to read the examination paper and approximately 25 minutes to view a set audio-visual extract. The exam topic for 2018 is News: TV News and News websites.
Exam Topic: News 
Section   A: Thinking about the media – Investigating – TV news
Students are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of TV news in relation to the Media Framework of media language, genre, narrative and representation. Convergence with other media is also a focus. There are five questions to answer.
1a and 1b – Identify and explain a feature of an unseen text (genre, narrative)
2 – Identify and explain a feature of an unseen text (representation, audience)
3 – Explain a feature from case studies (representation, audience)
4 – Organisation focus from case studies (marketing and promotion, regulation and control, personal, social and ethical dimensions) 
Section   B: Thinking about the media – Planning – News websites
Students are assessed on their planning and creative skills on a series of creative tasks about news websites, which demonstrate an awareness of convergent media. There are five questions to answer.
1 – Creative task
2 – Explanation of creative task
3 – Planning task
4 – Explanation of planning task
5 – Organisation focus (marketing and promotion, regulation and control, personal, social and ethical dimensions)
Revision Resources
 - WJEC GCSE Media Studies resource website
 - BBC News School Report resources
 - Sample exam papers (given by your teacher)
 - Case studies (given by your teacher)
Revision Techniques
Unseen Text
Watch extracts from TV news programmes (no more than 3 minutes).
Analyse the extracts for their codes and conventions using the MORGAN framework:
  • Media Language
  • Organisations
  • Representation
  • Genre
  • Audience
  • Narrative
Apply the news values to the extract.
Case Studies
Prepare case studies from different TV news programmes. Be able to compare the case   studies for their codes and conventions using the MORGAN framework.
Research the organisations, regulation and convergence for the case studies.
Creative News Websites
Compare news websites to TV news;
Analyse the branding of news websites;
Annotate print outs of news websites;
Learn website terminology;
Design branding for a new news website for children;
Plan out a variety of news website layouts;
Evaluate website plans.