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Welcome to our Media section

Within these pages you will find lots of information about the subject and how the department operates. Students can choose to study Media in Year 10/11 and Film Studies in Sixth Form.
If you have any queries regarding Media or Film Studies please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Louise Tickell
Head of Media Studies

Newman Catholic School, Carlisle


Media Studies is a great course for pupils who are interested in all aspects of the media. In lessons we study a range of media texts from print, film, broadcast to new breakthroughs in the e-media platform.

Students studying Media Studies have their work presented annually at the MADE in Newman night. Successful students have moved on to study the subject at university or college.

Key Stage 4

This is no ordinary qualification. This is a Media Studies qualification.

Rich with the freshest, choicest mass media such as film, magazines, TV newspapers and radio, each text lovingly hand-picked by our high quality teachers, this new course will give you access to a beautiful, brash, bouncy GCSE.

You will learn to analyse media texts – like Marks and Spencer TV advertisements – to find out how they work; try out your skills on the spoof advertising copy above, look for repetition, emotive language, alliteration, exaggeration, imagery and parody.

  • You will create your own media texts (perhaps an advertising campaign or a short film) using practical production skills.
  • And you will learn why everyone, everywhere is trying to sell you something.
  • If you wish to be successful in this subject you must be prepared to keep up to date with coursework and homework. Much of this work relies on the use of classroom-based computer software which can only be accessed at length after school.



This GCSE allows students to study a broad range of media institutions and texts. Units 1 and 2 comprise the GCSE. Pre-production and production skills are fully integrated into both the Controlled Assessments and the External Assessments. Controlled Assessments make up 60% of the award and the External Assessments count for 40%.

Unit 1 is externally assessed and requires candidates to investigate a pre-released media topic and to undertake research and planning in order to respond to four tasks, whilst Unit 2 comprises of three controlled assessments which require candidates to build on their understanding of the media key concepts for their own pre-production planning, leading to a realised production for Assignment 3.

The topic for Unit 1 will change each year and the topics for Unit 2 will be taken from assignment banks that allow for personal choice and flexibility.

Film Studies -Sixth Form


Fancy studying something new?

If you enjoy watching films it is well worth considering taking Film Studies A’ level. It is a two year course that is assessed through two examinations and a piece of coursework.

What’s involved?

What’s involved?

Over the two years, you will watch and respond to eleven feature length films and a range of short films as well. Some of these films have been made very recently whilst others are taken from the very early days of the industry and include silent movies. This gives students a clear understanding of the history of film and cinema and a chance to explore how technological advances have shaped film making over time and how the industry is constantly changing, particularly with still emerging digital features.

Students will soon grasp how films are constructed from a range of particular areas such as: cinematography, mise en scene, editing, sound and performance. Equally importantly, you will explore how spectators watch films for a wide range of reasons and how viewing films take on active and passive dimensions. You will explore large, budget blockbuster Hollywood and British movies but also independent, low budget alternative cinema, documentary and non-European films.

Coursework counts for thirty percent of the final marks and gives you the opportunity to make your own short film or write a screen play and produce a story board that responds to a written brief that is set by the exam board. In additional, you will be expected to write an evaluative analysis of your work.     

Where could it lead to?

Throughout the course you will develop analytical skills, build on essay writing and research techniques, explore and debate theories of narrative and spectatorship. As film plays such a significant part in our day to day lives it is extremely worthwhile to understand how social and cultural fashions and ideas influence this area of the media.


Film Studies A’ Level is an absorbing, enticing course that is ideally suited to careers in advertising, marketing and in its own right as a course recognised by universities which combines academic and practical elements.

For more information

For more information, speak to Mrs Tickell, Mr Forrester and Mrs Delbourgo

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