Media Studies

What is included in the course?

GCSE Media is an excellent opportunity to investigate and learn about all the many forms of entertainment and advertising that nearly all of us enjoy on a daily basis. In GCSE Media, students study film, television, magazine and billboard advertising, as well as social media to look at how they deliver their different products and how they have become such powerful means of communication in all societies and cultures. Students will also look at the development of Media texts over time and how they have been used to communicate certain beliefs of the day. An example of this would be the depiction of women in advertising from 1930 to the present day. Students also have the opportunity to create their own media texts, using either print or moving image. Choices for this are music videos, a short television show, three linked magazine advertisements or an opening to their own video game.

How will I be assessed?

There are two papers:

  • Paper 1: 1 hour 30 minutes on the topics of media industries, the representation of social groups and individuals and the role of the audience in consuming media texts.
  • Paper 2: 1 hour 30 minutes on the use of media language and media in its different contexts.
  • There is also a production project that is completed during the course.

What grades are available?

This course is worth a full GCSE with grades from 1-9. Grade 9 is the top grade.

Recommend reading?

AQA Media Studies student’s book.

Tips and advice?

It is useful to consume as wide a range of age­ appropriate media texts as possible, an opportunity that many students greatly enjoy!

Who should I contact for more information?

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