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Welcome to the Media and Film Studies department

Department Staff

Mr M Vinnicombe Head of Media and Film

Teaching and Learning Coordinator – KS5

Digital Strategy Lead

Mr T Prior KS4 Coordinator and EPQ Coordinator
Mr M Poulter KS3 Coordinator 


Our Vision within the Film and Media department is to help our students to become active and critical audiences of the mass media. We want students to take responsibility for their Media consumption habits and help them to understand the effects of their choices. We want them to critically engage with Media products and understand how mass media can be used both positively and negatively, preparing them to observe trends critically and with a balanced perspective.  We also see the creative potential of the media and encourage our students to become active producers of Media texts with the wealth of equipment at their disposal.

Fundamentally, we hope that students studying Film and Media at Trinity you will develop a passion for creating your own Media products and that this is something you will continue to pursue after you complete your studies.


Student Entitlement:

In addition to their general entitlements, students have an entitlement to the following experiences in Media Studies:

– To have the opportunity to see a wide and varied selection of media texts, reflecting a diversity of cultures.

– To be instructed in the skills which will enable them to examine those texts with critical detachment.

– To be encouraged to develop a personal and creative response.

– To receive practical instruction in media technology enabling them to create their own media texts.

– To be given tasks which will ensure progression, depth and academic rigour.

– To make use of a variety of equipment related to media production, as well as books, media and other resources where appropriate. 

– To work in a climate which enhances learning, encourages dialogue and which fosters personal development and personal responsibility.



Examination Board: Eduqas

Syllabus title: Media Studies

 Students will be working towards the above examination.

The syllabus is designed to enable students to develop a critical awareness of the role of the mass media in society.  Students will study media institutions, such as the film industry, British Broadcasting and the press. They will also study media audiences: how media products affect audiences. Media ‘language’ will be studied, not only the language of the press, but the ‘language’ of film and television. Students will learn about narrative construction, composition and mise en scene and they will do this through analysis and also through practical production. An important aspect of media study is the representation of various groups in society and students will look at the stereotyping of gender and ethnic groups.

During year ten, pupils will be guided through a Media Studies induction unit that will focus on topics that include an introduction to Media Language and Textual Analysis of both the photographic and moving image. The Induction unit is to last three/four weeks to reflect the increase in content in the new specifications.

Students will undertake practical sessions this year in order to develop the practical skills required to attack the NEA with a level of confidence that might previously have been lacking

Students will study a range of media forms and genres with a focus on media language, representation and contexts.  This will look specifically at print advertisements, magazine front covers, film posters, newspapers and video games.  The students will spend the final half term working on component 3 – the NEA which is a practical production.

Year 11  

Pupils will return to and improve their coursework productions and from there embark upon learning for component 2.  In this component students learn about representation and audience issues related to television crime drama.  They must also study industry issues.  They move on to look at the same areas in relation to music video and online media.  The course ends with an in depth revision unit.




Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences

Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes

35% of qualification


Section A:  Analysing Media Language and Representation

This section assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following media forms: advertising, marketing, music video or newspapers. There are two questions in this section:

  • one question assessing media language in relation to an unseen audio-visual or print resource
  • one extended response comparison question assessing representation in one set product and an unseen audio-visual or print resource in relation to media contexts.

Section B:  Understanding Media Industries and Audiences

This section assesses two of the following media forms – advertising, marketing, film, newspapers, radio, video games – and media contexts.

It includes:

  • one stepped question on media industries
  • one stepped question on audiences.

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

35% of qualification 

The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. It consists of three sections:

Section A – Television in the Global Age

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

Section B – Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

Section C – Media in the Online Age

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.


Component 3: Cross-Media Production

Non exam assessment

30% of qualification

An individual cross-media production based on two forms in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.



Examination Board: Eduqas

Component 1 –  Varieties of Film and Filmmaking (35% of qualification)

This unit will require students to study three different sections.  Part A is a two film comparative study in which students look at two Hollywood films from 1930-1990.  Section B is another two film study which looks at American Film since 2005.  Section C focuses on British film since 1995 and examines two different films.


This exam will consist of a two and a half hour paper and is worth 35% of the overall mark 

Component 2 – Global Filmmaking Perspectives (35% of qualification)

This unit will require students to study four different sections.  Part A is a two film study in which students look at two foreign language films (Pan’s Labyrinth & City of God).  Section B asks students to analyse documentaries and looks at different filmmaker’s theories of documentary..  Section C focuses on silent cinema and Section D looks at experimental film (Pulp Fiction).


This exam will consist of a two and a half hour paper and is worth 35% of the overall mark.

Component 3:  NEA (30% of qualification)

The internally assessed non examination assessment unit is a practical production which is completed in the final term of Year 12.  It requires students to individually plan, film and edit a short film as well as write an evaluation.


This component is internally assessed and moderated.  It is worth 30% of the overall A Level mark.