Media Studies community

Many media groups and organisations produce free resources for teachers and learners, both online and face-to-face. Use the information and links below to explore what's available.

If you’ve used any resources that you think may benefit others, please let us know by emailing mediastudies@aqa.org.uk

British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has a wide range of online and offline education resources on UK film and DVD ratings, the history of media regulation and censorship, and online regulation.

You can also take advantage of the following on their website:
  • a huge online database of classification decisions from 1913 to today
  • BBFCinsight: a detailed description of the content of each film they rate, summarising the rating process
  • BBFC speakers: request a school visit, an interview with BBFC staff, or book on to a term-time seminar (seminars are free to attend but there is an administration charge).
BBFC website

British Film Institute (BFI)

The British Film Institute (BFI) runs extensive education programmes to help people of all ages to understand and enjoy film.

They support film and media studies teachers and students through:

  • Into Film: free film education opportunities in UK schools
  • free downloadable resources about the thousands of films in the BFI National Archive
  • free access to curated programmes drawn from 10,000 films and TV programmes, through the UK-wide network of BFI Mediatheques
  • film and media study days
  • a UK network of BFI Film Academies for 16–19 year olds
  • a year-round Future Film programme for 16–25 year olds, including an annual festival
  • an intensive school programme during the BFI London Film Festival in October.
BFI website

British Library

The British Library is one of the largest national libraries in the world, housing over 150 million items. Its vast collection includes a copy of every book published in the UK, plus literary manuscripts, maps, ephemera, sound and video recordings and photographs.

The British Library learning programme:

  • includes free workshops, tours and activities for secondary schools and teachers
  • offers a range of teaching resources, organised by subject and teaching age level, including citizenship, digital rights, and social networks
  • focuses on developing skills for learning, particularly research skills, critical thinking, information and digital literacy, and creativity.
British Library website

National Science and Media Museum

The National Science and Media Museum provides multiple opportunities for students to learn about the science of light, sound, photography, film and television.

They offer:

  • the biggest IMAX cinema in the region
  • interactive science shows and learning events
  • workshops and educational visits
  • a variety of temporary and permanent galleries.
National Media Museum website

Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) holds the national collection of theatre and performance material.

Their Learning Acadamy run lots of activities for secondary schools and colleges, including:

  • gallery-based sessions
  • workshops
  • curator talks
  • career days
  • free resources and events.

As part of their free guided tours of the bespoke galleries, students get to see the history of performance through interaction with iconic objects, such as Shakespeare's First folio, costumes worn by rock and pop performers such as Mick Jagger, and set model boxes by Edward Gordon Craig. You can also try on costumes from their extensive handling collection, and watch extracts of live recordings of shows from the National Video Archive of Performance.

V&A website