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Media Studies (KS4/5)

What is it to be a Media and Film Studies student at Marriotts?

Our intention in Media and Film Studies is for  students to explore the meanings, connotations and constructions behind the media in order to broaden their knowledge of popular culture and better understand how the media can shape and influence society. We intend to create perceptive, critical consumers and spectators who can articulate, both orally and in writing, opinions and interpretations. Through analysis, evaluation, experimentation and production students can grow to be thoughtful and knowledgeable, widening their cultural capital, and becoming fully conscious of their role, both as consumers and as producers, within modern society.

Curriculum Overview 

Key Stage 4: Media Studies

By the time students get to KS4, students have the opportunity to choose Media Studies at GCSE. Our students study the Eduqas specification for Media Studies allowing our students to study a range of topics such advertising, newspapers and radio. Throughout this course students will learn how the media constructs and manipulates its audience for an intended effect.

Key Stage 5: Media Studies

Students who opt to study A Level Media Studies will follow the Eduqas  specification. Throughout the 2 year course students will study a range of media theories and concepts over a variety of media platforms that link specifically to exam focused texts and briefs. This course will require further independent reading on a variety of theories and debates, such as gender issues, structuralism and post-modernism and apply them to the set media texts studied.

Key Stage 5: â€‹Film Studies

Students who select Film Studies A Level will follow the Eduqas specification. Throughout the 2 year course you will study a range of films and film theories and concepts from a variety of decades and genres, linking specifically to exam focused texts. This course will require further independent reading on a variety of theories and debates, such as the role of the auteur, post-modernism, structuralism and the differences between Hollywood and world cinema.

Click on the relevant year group curriculum maps in the document section below to find out more detail about what is studied in Marriotts Media and Film Studies department.

For further details of the Media Studies curriculum please contact Mrs K McClean:

Subject Team

The Media and Film Department consists of 6 highly skilled and passionate members of staff who are fully committed to ensuring each student maximises their potential in Media and Film Studies and is able to enjoy the diverse range of topics that we study at Marriotts.

Staff Role In Faculty
Mrs K McClean Head of Media and Film Studies
Miss R Christodoulou Teacher of English and Media
Miss J Clements Teacher of English and Media
Mrs T Haskins Lead Practitioner: English  and teacher of Media
Miss A Mercer 2 i/c English and teacher of Media
Mr A Presland Teacher of English and Film/ Lead Pratictioner

Curriculum Maps

Click on the relevent year group curriculum map to find out more detail about what is studied in Marriotts Media and Film department.

Media Studies

Year 10 Curriculum map

Year 11 Curriculum map

Post 16 Curriculum map


Film Studies

Post 16 Curriculum map

Careers: Where can this subject take me?

Potential careers

Media Studies

People who have studied Media Studies have gone on to careers in the following areas: journalism, publishing, media and television, film production, broadcasting, advertising, and market research.

Film Studies

People who have studied Film Studies have on onto career in the following areas: film and television production, broadcasting, screenwriting, cinematography and videography.


In the past, we have offered trips to the BBC Studios in London; The WB Harry Potter Studios and taken students to the cinema to develop their cultural capital and knowledge of film. In the future we hope to continue to offer these trips, but also go to the National Film and Sci-Fi museum and potentially invite guest speakers into run workshops.