Media Studies

Why study this course?

The media play a central role in contemporary society and culture. They shape our perceptions of the world through the representations, viewpoints and messages they offer. The media have real relevance and importance in our lives today, providing us with ways to communicate, with forms of cultural expression and the ability to participate in key aspects of society. The economic importance of the media is also unquestionable. The media industries employ large numbers of people worldwide and operate as commercial industries on a global scale. The global nature of the contemporary media, coupled with ongoing technological developments and more opportunities to interact with the media, suggest that their centrality in contemporary life can only increase.

What will I learn?

GCSE Media Studies allows students to learn about the media in an integrated way by applying the theoretical framework of Media Language, Representation, Audience and Industry to the study of Close Study Products set by the exam board in the following media forms:

  • advertising and marketing
  • film
  • magazines
  • music video and online, social and participatory media
  • newspapers
  • radio
  • television
  • video games.

In Year 11, students will complete an individual practical production for the Non-Exam Assessment Component, worth 30% of the course. The student will select from a range of briefs – i.e. magazine, film poster, music video, teen drama opening and will produce the product and a Statement of Aims.

Progression A Level Media Studies, Level 3 vocational courses in Media Production, university Media Production degrees.

Potential careers Entry level employment opportunities in creative digital media production include assistant web designer, editorial assistant, junior photographer, assistant games designer, production assistant or games tester.

Student comments I enjoy GCSE Media—we have been learning about the media industry and how they construct products for us, and we are now putting that into practice while developing our moving image skills through making a music video. The equipment is really up to date and I really enjoy it!


How will I be assessed?

Assessment Methods:

Non-Exam Assessment – Practical Media Production 30% of qualification.
Two exam papers – Component 1 ‘Exploring the Media’ – Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of qualification and Component 2 ‘Understanding Media Forms and Products’ Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 30% of qualification

Core or option: Option.

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