Media Studies


The average student at Prince Henry’s is exposed to something like 3000 seperate advertising messages every day. There is no doubt that the media is a highly influential force in our students lives. There is also no doubt that the youngsters at Prince Henry’s are part of a media literate generation who are much more thoughtful about their media consumption than the Tabloid leader writers give them credit for. 

The Media Studies Department is a vibrant and exciting department where students are encouraged to be creative , practical, analytical and thoughtful while developing high level analytical skills. Media Students will study television, radio, magazines, newspapers, web sites, film, video games , and the music industry.

The Creative Media Industries are the only sector of the British economy that is still growing and all the Media courses offered at Key Stage 4 and 5 are designed to develop a range of practical industry based skills. All students are taught to edit video, stills and sound on Apple computers, develop their project management skills, work as a team and evaluate their own and the work of others.

Students enjoy their work in Media Studies and achieve excellent results in all five media courses on offer.



Every student in Years 7, 8 and 9 will study the media, but this is done through English and ICT . Study of newspapers, animation, websites, magazines, film, television, social networking sites and pop music are all built into Key Stage 3 Curriculum in both subjects.



At  Key Stage 4 Students can choose to take GCSE Media studies with an option to take an extra Film Studies GCSE or they can choose a Level 2 BTEC in Creative Media Production – worth the equivalent of 4 C passes at GCSE.

At Key Stage 5 students can choose A levels in Media Studies , Film Studies or Media: Communication and Production. 

Please see the links on the left-hand menu for further details of KS4 and KS5 courses offered by the department.



Students from the Media Studies Department make a huge contribution to the life of the school. They get involved in making films for many school departments. In the past year Media Students have: produced a promotional film for the Schools Rugby Academy, made DVDs of the A level Drama Performances, made celebratory videos for the end of year assemblies for every year group, helped PE students film their sporting performance, made a DVD of events on International Day, created a film to be shown at the Sixth Form Leavers Prom, helped Year 9 Geography students make a documentary about Climate Change and filmed events for some of our local primary school. Any budding film makers are encouraged to use the Media Cameras and Editing suite at lunchtime and after school to create their own projects. This year the Media Studies Department has launched Film Club – an after school club where students who love film can come and watch films. Film Club members can also go onto the national Film Club website and review the films they watch and every month there are prizes for the best review.