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Media Studies

There is no doubt that the media has a significant part to play in our modern world providing methods of communication and expression. It is a fundamental part of contemporary society and culture shaping our perceptions of the world through various representations and perspectives.

The global nature of contemporary media and significant advancements in technology suggest that the media industry is ever growing, employing masses of people worldwide.

GCSE Media Studies offers students a chance to explore the world of the media and to develop a greater understanding of the techniques used within the industry.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to study a range of media texts from Music Videos to Film Posters to Magazines. Included are many practical opportunities to help develop the theoretical understanding required for the final written examination. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their own media production from a choice of briefs enabling them to explore and pursue their own media interests. Examples of media production include the creation of a music video or website to promote a new band, print-based marketing materials for a new film or the creation of a new magazine.

As a Media Studies student you will need to be an organised, self-motivated learner who can work independently as well as within a group. You should be confident in the use of I.T, demonstrate initiative and above all have an enthusiasm for and an interest in exploring a range of media.

KS4 Media Studies: 

Year 11 are currently following the (A*-G) WJEC specification whilst Year 10 are following the eduqas GCSE (9-1) course.

Year 11 in the final stages of the course and are preparing for the final examination. The topic this year is ‘The News’ with Section A being on ‘TV News’ and Section B being on ‘News Websites’.

The newly accredited eduaqas GCSE (9-1) course is an exciting program of study that blends both practical and theoretical elements.

Component One – Exploring the Media

Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (40% of qualification)

Section A: Exploring Media Language and Representation

Section B: Exploring Media Industries and Audiences

Students will study the following Media Forms in preparation for the written examination: Newspapers, Advertising and Marketing, Magazines, Radio, Video Games and Film.

Component Two – Understanding Media Forms and Products

Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (30% of qualification)

Students will explore the following media forms in greater depth than in those in Component One: Television (Crime Drama or Sitcom) and Music (Music Video and Online Media).

Component Three – Creating Media Products

Non-exam Assessment: Internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board (30% of qualification)

Students select a production brief set by the exam board. These change every year and require students to create a production to a specific genre/style and for a particular audience.

Course Outline:

Year 10:

  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Film Industry and Marketing
  • Magazines
  • Music Industry, Video and Online Media
  • Newspapers

Year 11:

  • Television
  • Radio Industry
  • Video Games
  • Creating Media Products

*Please note: content delivered in Year 10 and Year 11 is subject to change.

Useful Links & Revision Pointers:

The following websites are used regularly throughout the teaching of GCSE Media Studies.

BBC Bitesize - The following link will take you directly to the Media Studies pages

Eduqas – The following link will take you directly to the eduqas educational resource pages

WJEC – The following link will take you directly to the WJEC educational resource pages

Media Studies students are expected to access these at home in preparation for assessment and exams.

Further information:

Further information about the course, assessment requirements and specifications, plus materials for students such as past papers and mark schemes can be found on the WJEC and eduqas websites.