Media Studies

The Media industry is the arguably the highest paying and fastest moving industry in the world. Choosing this subject enables students to explore different aspects of Media from Film, Radio, TV, online and print and looks at how to market and develop products.

By analysing and critically engaging with various forms of media, students gain a deeper understanding of its influence, develop their creativity, and become informed and active participants in today’s media-driven world.

Key Stage 4

At KS4, Media Students study the OCR Creative iMedia course.

This allows students to develop their practical skills and learn how to use photo and video editing software, DSLR cameras, Mac Suite and processes that are used at industry standard, preparing students to work within the Media Industry.

The course consists of 2 pieces of coursework (30% each) and 1 exam (40%).


Coursework: R094- Visual identity and digital graphics.

This is completed in Year 10 and consists of creating an identity, through logos, marketing and graphic design for a business, product or brand.


Coursework: R098- Visual Imaging*

This is completed in Year 11 and consists of developing skills for taking photographs, recording video and editing these to create portfolios of images and video sequences.

(*This is an optional unit so is subject to change)


Exam: R093- Creative iMedia in the Media Industry.

This is taught throughout both years with the final exam taking place at the end of the course in Year 11 Summer term.

This unit is a foundation in what makes up the media industry and how Creative iMedia fits into it. You will learn about job roles and processes required to create a wide range of media products. You will also analyse how to convey meaning and engage audiences.

The Media department is fortunate to have a studio with lighting, green screens, sound room/ radio equipment, DSLR cameras, microphones, Apple Mac’s and Adobe Creative suite software. These are all of industry standard, so you get to use what the experts use!



Media Studies students also get to attend the Media trip to Warner Bros- Harry Potter Studio Tour where you get to see behind the scenes of the film industry.


Media Surgery is run every Thursday after school from 3-4pm in S30. This is student led an based on individual needs, but students can work on practical skills or ask specific questions to develop their knowledge.

Key Stage 5

Details of the Key stage 5 curriculum in Media can be found on the Oakes college website by clicking here.












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