Media & Film Studies

Subject Leader

Mr C Cottingham – 

Teaching staff

Mrs C Denman –

Mr B Golding –

“The creative sector is now one of our fastest growing industries and continues to outperform the wider UK economy.” – Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 2017

“The cultural sector continues to grow faster than the UK economy” – Arts Professional, 2017

“Creative industries are driving economic growth across the UK, on track to create one million new creative industries jobs between 2013 and 2030” – Nesta, 2018

Subject Overview

We live at a time when our media is playing an ever-greater role in our lives, expanding our knowledge, dominating our work and our leisure and increasingly influencing our thinking and ideas – for good and for ill.

We offer courses that will help students to understand how the media and film industries work, developing analytical abilities and teaching new design skills. Students learn how to use professional technologies, such as the Adobe Creative Suite, to plan and produce detailed media texts, as well as gaining insight into the workings of our growing creative industries.

GCSE Film Studies

Exam Board: WJEC/Eduqas (

Course Overview: Year One

1Induction: Studying The Film Industry
Analysing the Micro Elements, Narrative and Genre
Extracts and Short Films
2Contemporary British Film: History and ContextSkyfall
3Contemporary British Film: Style and Aesthetics
Timeline of Film Development
4Global English Language Film: Narrative and GenreSong Of The Sea
5Practical Production: Research, Planning and FilmingExtracts
6Practical Production: Editing, Post-Production and EvaluationExtracts

Course Overview: Year Two

1Key Developments In US Film: Mainstream Film ComparisonInvasion of the Body Snatchers
2Key Developments In US Film: Mainstream Film Comparison
Key Developments In US Film: Independent Film
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
3Key Developments In US Film: Independent Film
Global Film: Non-English Language Film
Let The Right One In
4Global Film: Non-English Language Film Let The Right One In
5Revision/Exam Preparation

A-Level Media Studies

Exam Board: AQA (

Course Overview: Year One

TermMr CottinghamMrs Denman
1Induction/Key Media Theorists and TheoriesInduction/Key Media Theorists and Theories
2Newspaper IndustryAdvertising and Marketing
3Newspaper Industry/Music VideoAdvertising and Marketing/Film Marketing
4Music VideoFilm Marketing/Radio

Course Overview: Year Two

TermMr CottinghamMrs Denman
1NEA/ProductionTelevision Industry
2Video Games IndustryTelevision Industry
3Video Games Industry/Magazine IndustryOnline Media
4Magazine IndustryOnline Media