2018 - 2019
Course Content & Assessment
New for 2017, students will study the 9-1 GCSE qualification following the Eduqas specification.
Students will study the following topics:
• Exploring Media Language and Representation
• Exploring Media Industries and Audiences
• Understanding the Television Industry, the use of language, representation, audience and context
• Understanding the Music Industry, the use of music videos and online media, the use of language, representation, audience and context
• Completing an individual media production for an intended audience in response to a choice of briefs set by the exam board, applying knowledge and understanding of media language and representation
Two exams (70%):
Component 1: Exploring the Media (40%)
Component 2: Understanding Media Forms & Products (30%)
We live in a world where we are surrounded by media: the internet, TV, film, radio, magazines, papers...the list goes on. Not only is Media Studies interesting and relevant, it gives you valuable skills to help understand the world around us. Relying on analytical skills developed through the study of English we analyse texts for meaning and explore how the Media has had a significant effect on the society we live in. The subject links well with a variety of other courses, in particular English, Business, Sociology and even Psychology.
In the modern world, media literacy will become as important a skill as Maths or Science.
Tessa Jowell, Former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
70% Exam, 30% Coursework
Exam Component 1 (30%)– Exploring the Media (1 hour 30 minutes)
This component introduces students to the knowledge, understanding and skills required to look critically at media products through the study of: media language and representation.
Section A: Exploring Media Language and Representation focuses a choice of set texts from each of the following platforms:
· print advertisements
The examination includes the use of unseen print-based resource material as a focus for critical analysis.
Section B: Exploring Media Industries and Audiences requires learners to study the influence of relevant social, cultural, industry and historical contexts on media products including:
· Film (industry only)
Exam Component 2 (40%)– Understanding Media Forms and Products (1 hour 30 minutes)
This builds on Component 1 through a focus on all areas of the theoretical framework in relation to television and music. This component also requires learners to study the influence of relevant social, cultural, industry and historical contexts on media products as follows:
Section A: Television – learners will study two contrasting crime drama or sitcom programmes set by Eduqas
Section B: Music (music videos and online media). Learners will study two contemporary music videos chosen by Eduqas as well as the online, social and participatory media surrounding the artists. Learners will also be required to study a comparative video from the 1980s-90s to understand conventions and changing representations.
Coursework Component 3 (30%) – Creating Media Products
In this component, learners create an individual media production (either a music video or print based film marketing) applying their knowledge and understanding of media language and representation.
Entry Criteria & Progression
Route A: GCSE Grade 5 in Media Studies
Route B: GCSE Grade 5 in English Language