The Coopers' Company and Coborn School


The Media Department is committed to helping students learn about the media in its various forms. It is a forward-looking department which utilises technology to ensure all students are informed and supported throughout their studies, using apps and online resources to enhance learning at all stages.


The Media course at GCSE and A Level reflects and Illuminates the theoretical framework underlying the study of the media through the key concepts of:

> Representation

> Institutions

> Audience

> Media language (construction of meaning)

The key media areas covered are; TV, Film, Newspapers, Magazines, Advertising and Marketing, Radio, Video Games, Music Videos and Online and Social Media.

Both GCSE and A Level courses provide opportunities for your own interpretation and in-depth critical analysis of media texts, enabling you to develop a detailed understanding of how the  media communicate meanings and how audiences respond, dependent on  their social, economic or political climates.

GCSE Media

GCSE Media Studies gives students the chance to develop a critical understanding of the role of the media in daily life. It encourages an understanding of how to use key media concepts to analyse media products and provides opportunity for hands-on practical work. Students will explore production skills like photography, filming, recording, editing, and desktop publishing by producing own videos, film posters and magazines for the coursework section. They will also learn about all of the different sections of media with detailed case studies, from TV to Video Games to Music Videos, in order to complete the exam section.

30% Coursework- Print Media

70% Exam

Exam board from Sep 2017: Eduqas

A Level Media

The course delivered includes both theoretical and practical elements that encourage learners to develop themselves as creative and critical thinkers. The course gives students the knowledge and confidence to analyse the role of the media and to evaluate their role as an active member of society. Students will build a creative portfolio using professional software for the coursework section which is to create a scene from a new TV Drama.  Students will follow set assignment briefs and deadlines to prepare them for employment within the industry after their studies.

The exam will also cover set case studies in the vast sections of the industry including; TV, Radio, Print magazines and newspapers, Video Games, Online/Social Media, Film and Music Video. Students will have to consider the issues and debates surrounding the meaning and context of the cases they study in order to create meaning.

30% Coursework- Moving Image (TV Drama)

70% Exam

Exam board from Sep 2017: Eduqas

Please note, all resources will be provided by the department and shared on Google Classroom.

Extra-curricular activities

• Revision and drop in re-cap session operate every Thursday after school

• Residential trips to Disneyland Paris, New York and LA (coming soon) offered

• Trips to media institutions within London such as The Guardian, IPA Advertising Festival and the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification)

Check out the Disneyland Paris 2017 and 2017 trip highlights:

Here is the video made by the A Level students while on a week filming trip in conjunction with Rainham Hall and Elstree Film Design.


The media students also get involved with photographing, filming and editing whole school events. Here is the STEM festival shot by our A Level students:

An article was also published by the Romford Record including the photos taken by our students:

Here is an example of past student work:




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