Mrs M Conroy

Mrs H Leith

Media studies allows students to explore how the media produce and distribute information, entertainment and ideas. Media studies develops skills in the areas of critical and creative thinking, personal and interpersonal skills, research and producing media texts. The ability to critically assess media output and manipulation of ideas is important to enable students to access the media knowledgeably and help prepare them for life, learning and the world of work.

Our Courses

Broad General Education

All S1 and S2 pupils receive 1 hour of Drama / Media per week.  Therefore, the time is split between both subjects.  In S1 students will have Drama from Aug – Dec and then change to Media from Jan – June.  In S2 this changes to a unit by unit approach starting with a Unit of Drama (Aug-Oct), changing to a Unit of Media (Oct-Jan) and then finishing with a combined unit (Feb-June).  The courses are aligned to the BGE Expressive Arts, Literacy and Health and Wellbeing benchmarks and offer opportunities to develop skills through a variety of practical based activities.


In S1 and S2 students are introduced to the basic concepts of media. We look at the key aspects of media representation, audience and media language. Skills are developed through a variety of written and practical tasks such as analysis and production of adverts, film posters and film genres.

National Media

In S3 and S4 pupils will build on their skills developed in the BGE.


National 5 Media enables pupils to think critically about the media and its role in everyday life. It provides opportunities for pupils who are interested in film, television, advertising, the press and other media to develop an appreciation of media content in a cultural context and in the context of the media industry. It combines theory with practice, allowing pupils to analyse a variety of different types of media and to create media content of their own. Within the creative process there is scope for personalisation and choice, whilst the analytical skills developed through the theoretical aspects allow pupils to develop skills that enable them to engage more fully in society and in learning.

Higher Media

Entry requirements: A minimum of a B pass at National 5 level.


Higher Media allows pupils to further develop their skills of analysis and production. They are likely to have gained an award in National 5 Media and/or National 5 English. The Higher Media course provides a pathway for pupils who aim to go on to study media and/or film in a higher or further education context.


Within the course pupils develop knowledge of the role of media and the key aspects of media literacy: categories, language, representation, narrative, audience, institutions and society. To allow for personalisation and choice, pupils are encouraged to make decisions along with their teacher to select media content that suits them. There is no requirement to make a particular form or genre of media content. Pupils can create individual media content, or a section of a larger group project.

To access Media course resources on SharePoint, click here.

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