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Media Studies

Department Intent: To Become Media Literate Citizens

Skilled in Media Literacy with an understanding of media as a business, constructed with a specific purpose in mind. As such media reflects social and political values which hold unquestioned biases and assumptions.

Implementation: Through analysis of a variety of media texts students will become:

  • Informed Intellectuals

Recognising how the ideologies that govern our lives are created, sustained and conveyed through media, allowing individuals to have different views about the same product.

  • Empowered Consumers

Understanding how representations of gender, age, ethnicity, national and regional identity, and social issues are constructed and the impact this has on us as consumers. 

  • Critical Thinkers

Engaging critically with texts, forming balanced views on a range of issues including their thoughts towards representation, media manipulation and the need for regulation to protect vulnerable individuals.

Impact: Progressive Individuals 

Students will have reinforced their general competencies through their study of the subject. Through a rich application of the theoretical framework in media they will refine essential qualities such as enquiry, critical thinking, decision-making and analysis, providing them with transferable skills to support them as global citizens beyond Putteridge.


Exam Board: Eduqas 

Paper 1: Media Studies Component 1 Exploring Media 

Paper 2: Media Studies Component 2 Understanding Media Forms and Products

Non Examination Assessment: Component 3: Creating a Set Media Product. (Print Magazine for 2021 & 2022)

For more information on the subject and to review the GCSE specification from the exam board please click here

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