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Media Studies Department

Media Studies is offered in Strathearn to pupils entering Sixth Form. It is a vibrant, creative and interesting course, offering pupils an opportunity to engage with a variety of media texts. These include the study of movies, television, videogames, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, music videos, social media and radio. 


Teaching Staff

Dr McBride (Head of Department)

Mr Heaney

Ms Ingram

Miss McClure

Mr Scott



Our main aim is that the pupils will enjoy learning about a wide range of media texts and debates, and that they will achieve success in their exams.

Overview of work

Pupils are encouraged to think critically and independently about the influential role of the media in today’s society, analysing the contemporary media landscape and its changing contexts. They will have an opportunity to develop practical production skills and create their own media products through an enjoyable coursework project offered in both years of study. The Department makes use of the school's learning centre and its iPads.


This A level consists of two main sections:

Exam Assessment

This involves the study of a wide range of Media texts. It is assessed by two written exams which are each worth 35% of your A level.


Non-Exam Assessment

This part of the course gives you the opportunity to create two related media texts.  This is worth 30% of your A level.



Pupils who take Media Studies enter a variety of careers, including television or film production, digital marketting, media buying, media researcher and media planner.


Media Studies AQA

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