Media COURSE Page

Media is a cross-curricular subject that builds on skills from S1-2 English, Drama, Graphics, Social Subjects, and ICT.

It deals with learning how and why Film, Television, Radio, Online and Print media create products, and then challenges us to create our own.


Movie posters

In Media, we look at the layout of posters, the use of colour, graphics, photographs, the use of light and shade, the font and much more. How does it tell a story? How does it sell the product?

Media introduces the ways in which advertising is used in everything from magazines to websites to sell products. We also study how film and television are made and marketed.

Practical skills include planning, design, scheduling, creating, reflecting and marketing.

The subject can be studied from S3 with pupils working towards N5, and in later years towards Higher.



The course is equally weighted between analytical and creative skills and as such develops:

· Critical Thinking
· Digital Citizenship
· Creative Design
· Practical production skills
· Teamwork
· Time management
· Discussion and negotiation

Future Pathways

By the end of S4 pupils can achieve N4 or N5 based on the work over the two years; at N5 course assessment is 50% practical, 50% exam.

Pupils who complete N5 may on to Higher Media in S5/6 if an A or B pass is achieved in both National 5 Media and either English or Modern Studies or History at N5.

The course was developed alongside industry and acts as a useful introduction to Radio, Film and TV industries, journalism and advertising; overall, Media is the widest employment growth sector in Glasgow.

N4 Media is also an approved pathway into HNC/HND Media at College level.