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Media Studies

We aim to make our students media literate - analysts and creators rather than mere consumers! Through the study of a range of media texts, students can become more discerning and critical of their day to day exposure to the media.

Students follow the AQA syllabus for GCSE Media Studies, studying a range of different media texts (including music videos, newspapers, advertising and social media) and creating their own media product for coursework.

Students learn to be media literate at a time in which they are constantly exposed to different media platforms. They will gain insights into the power of media and how it influences audiences. Students will look at the way media is constructed, promoted and dispersed, allowing them to understand their role as a creator and user of media.

Ms C Zwies
Subject leader for Media Studies

Key concepts of Media Studies

Students study the four key concepts of media studies and apply them to a range of texts

Media language – how the media, through forms, codes and conventions, communicate meanings.

Media representation – how the media portrays events, issues, individuals and social groups.

Media audiences – how the media forms target, reach and address audiences, how audiences interpret and respond to them, and how members of the audience become producers themselves.

Media institutions – how the media industries’ processes of production, distribution and circulation affect media forms and platforms.

Assessment Components

Paper

Texts examined

Question types/task

Media One

1 hour 30 minutes

84 marks

35% of GCSE

Section A will focus on Media Language and Media Representations. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:

·         magazines

·         advertising and marketing

·         newspapers

·         online, social and participatory media and video games.

 

·         A range of questions relating to an unseen source and Close Study Products.

·         An extended response question (20 marks).

 

Section B will focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:

·         radio

·         music videos

·         newspapers

·         online, social and participatory media and video games

·         film (industries only).

Media Two

1 hour 30 minutes

84 marks

35% of GCSE

Section A will be based on a screening from an extract of one of the television Close Study Products and can test any area of the theoretical framework.

 

·         Short, medium and extended response questions assessing depth of knowledge and understanding of the course.

 

Section B will be based on either newspapers or online, social and participatory media and video games and can test any area of the framework.

Non-Exam Assessment

60 marks

30% of GCSE

 

Based on an annually changing set of briefs produced by AQA

What's assessed:

·         Application of knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework.

·         Ability to create media products.

 

 

Students produce a statement of intent and a media product for an intended audience (as specified by the exam board).

 

 Subject Content

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Magazine Covers

 

Advertising

Online and Social Participatory Media*

Newspapers*

Radio

 

Film

Music Videos

 

Revision

Revision

(Work experience and PPE Exams)

Year 11

Television (Dr Who)*

 

Revision

Television (Class)*

 

Revision

Revision and revisiting texts

Non-Exam Assessment (coursework)

Revision

Revision/GCSE Exams

 * The texts marked with an asterisk (*), are studied in depth – across all key concepts

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