Media Studies

Media studies is offered as a GCSE option for students in years 10 and 11. Through their studies, students are encouraged to question and evaluate the way that the media shapes the world around us, therefore developing critical thinking skills and independent thought. There is also a coursework element, which allows students to develop their creativity.

The mass media – film, TV, advertising, magazines, newspapers, radio, video games, social media etc. – play an increasingly important role in contemporary society, providing us with information and entertainment. In addition, the media play an important part in shaping attitudes and social values. Media studies GCSE is designed to enable students to develop a critical understanding of the role of mass media in society.

The set texts on the course include the crime drama ‘Luther’; Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ music video and the video game ‘Pokemon Go’. Students will also draw comparisons between newspaper and magazine front covers aimed at different audiences. By studying these texts the course encourages candidates to develop their ability to:

  • respond critically and analytically to a range of mass media texts;
  • gain a broad knowledge of the industrial and commercial nature of media production;
  • investigate the nature of media consumption by different audiences;
  • enhance their skills in the planning and creation of media products;
  • engage with the developing world of media technologies.

An important feature of the specification is the interdependent relationship between theoretical understanding and the development of practical skills. For example, students might study the forms and conventions of a music video for a particular genre, then learn how to use video equipment and film software in order to create a music video of their own.

GCSE Media Studies (9 to 1)

Qualification GCSE Media Studies
Syllabus number C680QS
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Assessment details: ie 50% terminal exam 30% Coursework
70% Exam
Coursework details A practical production in response to a brief set by the exam board in March of year 10. It could be in print or moving image format, depending on the preference of the individual student. An example might be a music video for a specific genre or a film poster and DVD cover aimed at a specific audience.
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