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GCSE Media Studies

General information

The aim of the media studies course is to enable you to further your knowledge of the world we live in, whilst developing a range of contemporary, relevant and creative skills. Now that media plays such a huge role in our daily lives it is important to be able to look at it critically and understand how it affects us as an audience as well as developing skills to create your own media.

The course structure

Unit 1: Investigating the Media

This is assessed as an examination consisting of four tasks in response to a media theme. The aim of this unit is to enable candidates to develop their critical understanding of the role of mass media in society and allowing them to develop an understanding how to use media concepts and ideas to analyse media productions in their various contexts.

Unit 2: Understanding the media

This unit is a controlled assessment making up 60% of the grade and comprises a media portfolio, which explores your understanding of media through two assignments and a major practical assignment which demonstrates the skills you have learnt. The aim of Unit 2 is for candidates to develop an understanding of how and why media texts are produced as they are.

Assessment

  • Unit 1 Written paper, 1 hour 30 minutes 60 marks 40%
  • Unit 2 Controlled assessment, 90 marks 60%

Signposts

  • A-Level: Media Studies, Film studies
  • National Diplomas in practical media subjects
  • Apprenticeships 

Potential Careers

Marketing, Media production, Public relations

The Media industry in the UK employs 550, 000 people in areas such as Radio, TV, Film, Game design, Mobile platforms, Web content, Advertising and Animation

Homework

Homework books are now available for Year 9. Click the link below to open the homework book.