GCSE Media Studies
GCSE Media Studies is an exciting opportunity to engage with a variety of contemporary media products, whilst offering students the opportunity to be a Media producer too!
Students will split their time between studying a range of media, from music video to TV Drama, and developing creative and technical skills which allow them to produce their own media products.
The course is varied, engaging and contemporary.
What does the course include?
We follow the OCR GCSE course for Media Studies.
The course is linear with the final examinations to be taken at the end of Year 11. There is one non-examined assessment or coursework element. Formative assessments will also be built into our curriculum design to enable us to monitor student progress, and there will be mock examinations to help support students.
The course should enable students to:
- Explore how media products are categorised into genres.
- Ascertain how media language creates meaning for the viewer.
- Understand how the media represents events, issues, places, individuals and social groups.
- Gain knowledge of how media industries work, from production to marketing to the point of audience consumption..
- Interrogate audience behaviour and how audiences are addressed.
- Create media products of their own, working to a set brief.
Below you can see some of the fantastic work produced by our former GCSE students, who were required to make an educational magazine for a 10 - 13 year old audience.
Component 01: Television and promoting media
There are two sections:
- In section A: Television, students will conduct an in-depth study of two TV Crime dramas: The Avengers from the 1960s, and Cuffs produced in 2015. Students will study all aspects of the shows, from how they were made, to target audience, to how they represent different social groups, such as women and minorities.
- In section B: Promoting media, students study media products from the same global conglomerate producer, allowing them to explore how a cross media campaign comes together across film, advertising and video game. The set product for this module is The Lego Movie.
Component 02: Music and news
There are two sections:
- In section A: Music, students get to study music in the media in many of its different forms: radio, music video and music magazine. This also covers a variety of genres from studying the pop music videos of Little Mix to the classic rock music magazine, Mojo.
- In section B: News, students study how news is created and consumed both on- and offline, through the set product of The Observer. Students also get a fascinating look into newspaper front pages from the 1960s to see just how representations have changed.
Component 03/04: Creating media
Students apply their knowledge and understanding of media language and representations to create media products of their own, responding to the brief set by the examination board.
How will you be assessed?
Television and promoting media: one examination of 1 hour 45 minutes; 35% of the total mark
Music and news: one examination of 1 hour 15 minutes; 35% of the total mark
Creating media: non-examined assessment; 30% of the total mark
Many students go on to study Media Studies, English Language or English Literature at A level, whilst the creative, industrial and technical aspects of the course also support choices of Art, Business and Design.