Media Studies

Media Studies is offered as a GCSE option for pupils in years 10 and 11. Through their studies, pupils are encouraged to question and evaluate the way that the media shapes the world around us, therefore developing critical thinking skills and independent thought.

Pupils approach Media Studies with a wealth of hidden and untapped knowledge. The aim of the GCSE in Media Studies is to bring that knowledge to the forefront so that pupils can use it as a foundation for study, thus encouraging confidence and enjoyment.

The mass media – Film, TV, Advertising, Magazines, Newspapers, Radio, the Internet 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 pupils to develop a critical understanding of the role of mass media in society. By studying texts, such as films and advertisement, or genres such as Soap Opera, 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, pupils might learn how a film trailer is constructed in theory lessons; how to use video equipment and film software in practical lessons and then be encouraged to create their own film trailer as part of a coursework portfolio.

GCSE Media Studies

Qualification GCSE Media Studies
Board AQA
Syllabus number 4810
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Assessment details: ie 50% terminal exam 60% Coursework
40% Exam
Coursework details Three Assignments:

  • Introductory assignment, looking at audience.
  • Cross-media assignment, looking at representation and institution.
  • Practical Production and Evaluation, with a main focus on creative skills.
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