GCSE Media

We are surrounded by the media in all aspects of life and the media industry is one of the fastest growing in Britain. GCSE Media Studies provides a fascinating introduction into the power behind the media whilst equipping pupils with a range of practical and design skills.

If your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon. Tom Stoppard

Course description

GCSE Media Studies offers students an interactive and engaging course that aims to broaden their minds. Students will cover all aspects of media including language, representations, industries and audiences, giving students both an overall and in-depth understanding of how media represents the world. The new topics offer a broad overview of the subject as well as a more detailed study of relevant and contemporary content.

This leads perfectly into A Level Media Studies or other creative subjects. It is also a great link to English. The course is a perfect introduction to both practical and theoretical media principles and can therefore provide a strong foundation for careers in journalism, web-design, media production and University.

Exam board

  • AQA GCSE Media Studies

Course code

  • 8572

Exam board website

Link to past papers

  • This is a new course, so no past papers are currently available. Please see the above website for further details.


  • 70% of the course is exam based. This consists of 2 1-hour and 30 minute written exams. These are completed at the end of Year 11.
  • 30% of the course is teacher assessed (coursework; non-exam). There are a choice of 5 annually changing briefs and with vast majority of this consisting of practical work.

Ways to help my child succeed

Ensure your child has access to a range of media products, including newspapers and access to the internet and tv news. Discuss the media and provide opportunities to widen your child’s experience of different films. finally, ensure your son or daughter reads magazines and newspapers, watch films, listen to music and the radio, and keep up to date with the media and key issues within the media.  Please ensure that your son or daughter reads magazines and newspapers, watches films, listens to music and the radio, and keeps up-to-date with the media and key issues within the media. Also, it would be worth following @AHSMediaFeed on Twitter and also persuading them to take part in the media related extra-curricular opportunities, such as the BBC Schools Report, which the school runs annually.

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