Media Studies

The AQA GCSE Media Studies course attracts an increasingly large number of students because it makes learning interesting, challenging, creative and fun. It offers rigorous but accessible learning on a subject of key importance for young peoples’ understanding of the world they experience.

It offers:

  • Extensive and meaningful coverage of media theory and practice
  • Practical work which integrates theories and concepts
  • A choice of assignments for production and pre-production
  • The chance to study across a range of different media
  • Opportunities to learn about real media products and industries
  • Opportunities for progression, especially to GCE Media Studies

GCSE specifications in media studies enable candidates to:

  • develop enquiry, critical thinking and decision making skills through consideration of issues that are important, real and relevant to them and to the world in which they live
  • develop their appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in their daily lives
  • develop their practical skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity
  • understand how to use the key media concepts to analyse media products and their various contexts

YEAR 10

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Unit 1 Preparation

       

Unit 1 Preparation

Exam Research & Plan

 
   

Assignment 1: Print

Assignment 2: Promotion of Music

Assignment 3: Moving Image

     

 

Unit 1: Investigating the Media

Written Paper – 1 hour 30 mins – 60 marks – 40%

External Assessment – 2015 topic for examination is Television News

Based on pre-released topic with guidance and stimulus.

 

Unit 2: Understanding the Media

Controlled Assessment taken from banks of set assignments – 90 marks – 60%

Three assignments;

  • Introductory assignment
  • Cross-media assignment
  • Practical Production and Evaluation

 

Key Concepts

GCSE Media Studies uses four major concepts which form the basis of the subject content.

  • Media Language: forms and conventions
  • Institutions
  • Audience
  • Representation

Underpinning the Key Concepts, the subject content is classified according to the following media forms/platforms:

  • Print and Electronic Publishing including newspapers, comics, magazines etc.
  • Moving Image:
  • Television including genre study, franchises, scheduling etc.
  • Film covering features, shorts, trailers, production, distribution and exhibition as well as genre study
  • Video including promotional, training and corporate
  • Radio including commercial, network, public broadcasting, community etc.
  • Web-based Technologies/New Media including Internet, web design, social networking, weblogs, vblogs, podcasts, gaming etc.

It is noted that the following can be found across the media forms/platforms listed above:

  • Advertising and Marketing – including advertisements in print publications, on radio, on television, in the cinema, film trailers, billboards etc.
  • Popular Music – including Artistes & Repertoire (A & R), promotion, marketing etc.
  • News – including television, newspapers, internet, radio etc.