What is the course about?

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 the opportunity for hands-on practical work.

Students like:

  • Combining practical and theoretical knowledge – particularly the value of pre-production work and production skills
  • Gaining a valuable insight into the way the media works
  • The opportunity to be creative in areas that interest them like film, TV and music, for example by producing their own videos, web designs or recordings
  • To analyse and understand things that they might otherwise have taken for granted, such as the packaging on DVDs or how the opening minutes of a film, radio show or game are designed to grab audience attention
  • The focus on issues that relate to their everyday live

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: Investigating the Media

  • Written Paper – 1 hour 30 mins – 60marks – 40%
  • External Assessment
  • Based on pre-released topic with guidance and stimulus
  • Four tasks

Unit 2: Understanding the Media

  • Controlled Assessment taken from banks of set assignments – 90 marks – 60%
  • Three Assignments: Introductory assignment; Cross-media assignment; Practical Production and Evaluation

Exam Board - AQA

Knowledge/skills gained:

  • Students develop appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in their daily lives
  • Critical thinking and decision-making skills
  • Pre-production and planning skills like storyboarding, scripting, flat plans, news selection, mock-ups and sketching
  • Production skills like photography, filming, recording, editing, and desktop publishing
  • An understanding of new technologies
  • Evaluation skills

Entry requirements

You must be achieving a Level 5a in both Reading and Writing assessments in your English lessons.