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Key Stage 4

GCSE Media Studies

Exam Board: AQA
Level: 2 

Course Overview

This course consists of a controlled assessment (30%) and examinations (70%), both of which take place in the final year of study. GCSE Media Studies offers an extensive and meaningful coverage of media theory and practice with practical work which integrates theories and concepts across a broad range of media including television, film, internet and advertising. It gives pupils opportunities to learn about real media products and industries and impact on audiences and consumers.

Assessment: 70% examination, 30% controlled assessment.

Key Stage 5

Media Studies A-Level

Exam Board: AQA
Level: 3

Course Overview

An excellent choice for pupils wishing to continue their study of media from GCSE level, or for pupils who are interested in the subject and possibly pursuing a career in the media industry. This two-year course will include a controlled assessment in which pupils will create a media product (30%) and two exams which will assess their knowledge and understanding of media language, audiences, industries and representation within a set of close study products (70%).

Assessment: 30% controlled assessment, 70% examination.


Curriculum Content

Year 9

Term 1: Media Language - Semiotics, Genre, Camerawork, Editing, Mise-en-scene, Sound
Term 2: Media Language - Narrative theory
Term 3: Media Representation
Term 4: Media Audiences - Categorisation, Audience Response, Audience Pleasures
Term 5: Media Industry - Structure, Success, Ownership Issues
Term 6: Introduction to GCSE case studies

Year 10

Term 1: Film Close Study Products - Doctor Strange and I, Daniel Blake
Term 2: Television Close Study Products - Doctor Who and Class
Term 3: Online & Social Close Study Products - Zoella and Kim Kardashian
Term 4: Video Game Close Study Products - Lara Croft Go and Kim Kardashian Hollywood
Term 5: Newspaper Close Study Products - The Times and Daily Mirror, Magazine Close Study ProductsS - Reveal and Tatler
Term 6: Introduction to Coursework

Year 11

Term 1: Television Close Study Products - Doctor Who and Class, coursework completion (statement of intents)
Term 2: Online & Social Close Study Products - Zoella and Kim Kardashian, coursework completion (project)
Term 3: Video Game Close Study Products - Lara Croft Go and Kim Kardashian Hollywood, coursework completion (project)
Term 4: Newspaper Close Study Products - The Times and Daily Mirror, coursework completion (project)
Term 5: Revision - Close Study Products basics, media theory, exam paper/question structure
Term 6: Final revision for both papers

Sixth Form Provision

Year One

  • Music Video Close Study Products - Billie Jean and Letter to the Free
  • Film Close Study Products - Chicken
  • Newspaper Close Study Products - The i and Daily Mail
  • Magazine Close Study Products - Men’s Health and Oh Comely
  • Radio Close Study Productions - War of the Worlds (1938) and Life Hacks (BBC Radio One)
  • Advertising Close Study Products - Maybelline (That Boss Life Pt.1) and Score
  • Introduction to coursework - research and planning

Year Two

  • Coursework - Statement of Intent and Cross-Media Production
  • Television Close Study Products - Capital and Deutschland 83
  • Video Game Close Study Products - Tomb Raider Anniversary, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and Sims Freeplay
  • Online and Social Close Study Products - The Voice (news website) and Teen Vogue


Out of School Learning (OSL) and Extra-Curricular Activities:

Extra support for coursework and revision sessions for all media pupils at GCSE will be available in Room D15 after school on Friday until 4pm.

Extra support for A-Level is available on Tuesdays after school until 4pm.