Students will be offered the opportunity to study a range of media such as: Television, Popular Music, Film and Radio. They will analyse a range of media products such as television soap operas, pop music magazines and public information advertising campaigns. Students will focus on how audiences access and receive these products, how the products are constructed and what the products suggest about the society of which they are a part.
The course is made up of written and practical coursework and controlled assessments. The course will use a case study approach. Each piece of controlled coursework will include a written element, a practical element and an evaluative element, such as a discussion as to how the music industry is organised, a treatment for a new television programme or a film poster and an evaluation of the poster.
There is the potential for a Double or Single Award in Media Studies GCSE.
If students take the single award, then the course is assessed as follows:
- 40% assessed through an external exam based on pre-released materials on a specific media topic such as Television Crime Drama or The Music Press – in print and online.
- 60% assessed through controlled coursework assignments on a range of media.
If the students take the double award, the course is assessed as above with also the following:
- 20% assessed through an external exam based on pre released materials on a specific media topic such as Television Crime Drama or The Music Press – in print and online.
- 30% assessed through controlled coursework assignments on a range of media.
- 20% assessed through an external exam on Media Industries.
- 30% assessed through a controlled practical production and evaluation.
Students should be prepared to use both their writing and practical skills.
Media Studies GCSE is valued as an indicator of students’ ability to analyse, and to communicate their ideas creatively through practical assignments. Many students have gone on to study A levels in Media Studies, Art, Photography, ICT, and Film Studies. Media GCSE also complements subjects such as Sociology, English Literature, English Language, Psychology and Product Design.