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 (Media Language, Representation, Institutes and Audiences), to analyse media products and the opportunity for hands on practical work.

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

  • 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 lives.
  • 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.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

COURSEWORK: CREATING A MEDIA PRODUCT

Theme –  ​Stars, Celebrities and Us – People in the Media

  • Controlled ​​Assessment taken from ​​a choice of topics relating ​​to the over-arching theme (​annually changes) – 72marks – 30%
  • One media product is created ​which must demonstrate ​knowledge and application of the key media concepts.
PAPER 1: INDUSTRY, AUDIENCES AND REPRESENTATIONS
  • Written Paper ​– 1 hour 30 mins  – 84marks – ​​35%
  • External Assessment
  • Multiple choice questions assessing ​breadth of knowledge
  • ​​​Short answer questions assessing ​in depth knowledge.
  • ​​​An extended response question in assessing in depth knowledge​​​
PAPER 2: MEDIA LANGUAGE AND CONTEXTS OF MEDIA
  • Written Paper ​​– 1 hour 30 mins  – 84marks – ​​35%
  • External Assessment
  • ​Multiple choice questions assessing ​breadth of knowledge
  • ​​​Short answer questions assessing ​in depth knowledge
  • Stepped​ response questions assessing ​breadth of knowledge
  • An extended response question in assessing in depth knowledge​

WHAT SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?

You must be achieving a grade 4 or above in both Reading and Writing assessments in your English lessons.