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GCSE Media Studies

GCSE Media Studies is designed to widen the intellectual horizons of the learner through the analysis of a wide range of media forms and contexts.

It will enable students to develop a wider understanding and appreciation of the media in both an historical and contemporary context.

The course is straightforward, 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 two years. There is one controlled 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 follow generic conventions
  • Use media language
  • Represent events, issues, places, individuals and social groups
  • Address audiences
  • Reflect current industrial context
  • Apply the theoretical framework and theoretical perspectives to three in-depth studies
  • Create media products through applying knowledge and understanding of media language and representation
  • Express and communicate meaning to an intended audience

Content overview

Component 01: Television and promoting media

There are two sections:

  • In section A: Television, students engage with an in-depth study of one contemporary and one historic television products, responding to questions covering the whole of the theoretical framework and a range of media contexts
  • In section B: Promoting media, students study media products from the same global conglomerate producer illustrating the media forms of film, advertising and marketing, and video games.

Component 02: Music and news

There are two sections:

  • In section A: Music, students engage with one in-depth study covering magazines, a comparative study of music videos and a study of contemporary radio.
  • In section B: News, students engage with one in-depth study of online news, including its social and participatory media. Students also study contemporary and historical newspaper front pages and how they illustrate changing social, cultural, historical and political contexts.

Component 03/04: Creating media

Students apply their knowledge and understanding of media language and representations to create media products of their own, using the theoretical framework to express and communicate meaning to an intended audience.

 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

Progression Opportunities

Many students go on to study Media Studies, English Language or English Literature at A level.