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Media Studies

What is GCSE Media all about?

Media Studies is concerned with understanding the ways in which the media works and how this information and entertainment is communicated to its audience.  It also aims to help you learn to develop the skills to use the media effectively to communicate your own ideas.  How are media texts targeted at particular audiences and how do they respond?  To what extent does the media attempt to influence its audience – and how?  And why?  These are some of the questions we will explore.

What topics will I cover?

As a Media Studies student you will study a number of media texts from a range of different platforms.  This could include looking at the marketing of films and analysing film trailers, studying music promotion, television drama, internet advertising or the news media, for example:  You will develop an understanding of the key concepts that underpin Media Studies – Media Language, Genre, Representation, Audience, Institutions and Values – and learn how to apply these to the texts you have studied and to the texts you will create.

You will also be trained in the use of media technology; for example the use of digital cameras and relevant software to create and manipulate images and the use of video cameras and professional editing software to create your own moving image productions.  Media Studies has a dedicated classroom in G block equipped with 23 PCs and the Adobe Creative Suite package of professional media software.

How am I assessed?

  • Controlled Assessment/Creating Media:  30% of the final grade is based on a series of assignments completed under informally supervised conditions during the course.  These require a mixture of analytical, production and evaluation skills.  The assignments will be a significant practical production piece, elements of which you will be able to work on within a small group.
  • Examination:  70% of the final grade is assessed in two ‘Controlled Test’ units at the end of the course.  Students will explore media concepts on products within the industry ranging from news broadcasts to advertising and marketing. Examples of topics studied in earlier years are; action adventure films and TV sitcoms.

What examination board will I follow?

Who should I speak to for further information?
Mrs Redstone/Mr Whorrod

What does the course involve?

You will study the core Media concepts and will be introduced to a variety of subject areas, Film, TV, news, advertising, newspapers, magazines, video games and the digital era. You will undertake a close study of texts from a recognizable genre that straddle three different media platforms, such as ‘TV Dramas and look at the changes over the last 50 years within the genre.  This will also include examining global and foreign texts. In addition, you will complete a practical production which links across 3 media platforms (with an accompanied evaluation and production folder, worth 30%)

In addition, you will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of media concepts, contexts and critical debates examining a wide variety of Media texts, such as film genres, TV, newspapers, internet and more. You will explore topics such as representations of teenagers in the news across different media platforms.  You will also carry out research on how digital media has changed the role of the audience and how modern audiences are now producers themselves.  You will also start to explore the digital revolution and how this has impacted on older media platforms.

 Qualifications and Qualities Needed.

A firm interest in the Media (both theoretical and practical areas.) You need to be creative not just with using technology (as skills will be taught) but have ideas for practical productions and have a real passion for the subject. You need to be self-motivated and prepared to put in additional hours outside lessons on post-production. You need to be able to discuss ideas and contribute to class discussions. The topics vary from current affairs to popular culture. An open mind helps, and minimum B grades in English at GCSE are desirable.

 Course Structure

Level: A-level       Specification: OCR (

Length of course: 2 years

Examination/assessment details:

40%- Media products – examination- 1hour 45mins

40% Media in a digital age- examination 2 hours

30% Making Media (practical production)

Trips and Visits

A day trip to the BBC/IMAX, and a live television recording.

Potential trip to NYC.

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