Head of Department: Mrs C Curran (on Maternity Leave)
2nd in Department: Mr A Salmon - email@example.com
In a society where the media plays such a vital role, it is essential that young people have an awareness of it's impact. Media Studies equips students with a critical and theoretical understanding of how media texts are constructed and audiences manipulated.
Media Studies is a very important subject, ultimately combining aspects of Politics, Sociology, History, Art, English and Economics. It encourages creativity, teaches analytical skills and introduces students to critical ways of thinking about the world around them. These talents are highly valued by universities and employers. Moreover, the subject equips pupils with the skills necessary to survive and thrive in a media-saturated society.
Students will study a range of topics including, but not limited to, music press, film, print media and advertising. The range of material covered on the course ensures that students gain an all-round appreciation and understanding of various aspects of the media.
Media Studies is not taught at Key Stage 3 but is available as an option to study at Key Stage 4.
Course Title: GCSE Media Studies
In September 2017, Year 11 will continue with their studies of the 4810 specification, while Years 9 and 10 will study the newer 8572 specification.
Year 11 Exam Board & Code: AQA 4810 Full GCSE Course Specification (PDF)
Controlled Assessment - 60% (90 marks)
Written Exam - 40% (60 marks) 1 hour 30 min
Year 9 and 10 Exam Board & Code: AQA 8572 Full GCSE Course Specification (PDF)
Paper 1 - 35% (84 marks) 1 hour 30 min
- Media Language and Media Representations
Paper 2 - 35% (84 marks) 1 hour 30 min
- Section A is based on the screening of a Close Study Product
- Section B is based on any of the following: newspapers; social and participatory media; video games
Controlled Assessment - 30% (72 marks)
- Creating a media product
GCSE Course Study Breakdown (Key Stage 4)
Promotion of Film and theoretical concepts.
Key concepts and Institutions (Link in theoretical concepts)
Promotion of Music, Print and theoretical concepts.
Promotion of Music Assessment Objective 1 (Coursework)
Promotion of Film - Assessment Objective 2 (Coursework)
Promotion of Print - Assessment Objective 3 (Coursework)
Completion of Coursework
Exam preparation and revision of topic. This changes each year. This also involves application of theory from the key areas in Year 10.
Exam Brief. Students receive their exam brief four weeks before the exam and have to independently research given topics.