Media Studies 

 
What will the subject enable me to do?

Media Studies will enable students to think critically about the media industry; how it influences them and how media products are constructed for their intended audience. Students will be able to create their own media products for a specified genre and format and outline how it will appeal to a given target audience. Students will learn about a broad range of media industries, such advertising, film, magazines, newspapers, video games, music, radio and television.

 
Staff

Miss Toon

 
Key Stage 4

Students will study the EDUQAS GCSE in media studies

Curriculum Plan

Component
Content
Assessment
  1. Exploring the Media
  • Advertising and marketing – media language and representation
  • Film Industry – regulation
  • Magazines – media language and representation
  • Newspapers (in depth study)
  • Video Games – industry and audience
  • Radio – industry and audience

 

Written examination: 1hr 30

40% of qualification

  1. Understanding Media Forms and Products
  • In depth study of Television Industry, focusing on Crime Drama past and present
  • In depth study of Music Industry past and present: video, online, social and participatory media

Written examination: 1hr 30

30% of qualification

  1. Creating Media Products

Students create a response to a set brief (released in March each year): such as producing film posters, DVD covers, magazine covers or live website pages, for example

Internally assessed course work

30%

 

 

Homework and support:

Homework will be set via Show My Homework and will comprise of a variety of tasks including: internet research; viewing of and listening to set products and related products; taking photographs to use in their production course work pieces; and revising for assessments and examinations.

Revision sessions are offered in the run up to the examination period, both before and after school; extra course work sessions will run after school if students need them; and a wide range of support materials for all topics covered can be found on the EDUQAS website.

 
Key Stage 5

Students will study the EDUQAS GCE in media studies

The structure of the GCE mirrors the GCSE course, but more theoretical content is introduced

Component
Content
Assessment

1.Media Products, Industries and Audiences

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Film industry and marketing
  • Music videos
  • Newspapers (in depth study)
  • Radio
  • Video games

Written examination: 2hrs 15

35% of qualification

2.Media Forms and Products In Depth

  • Television (crime genre past and present)
  • Magazines (mainstream and alternative media)
  • Online, social and participatory media

Written examination: 2hrs 30

35% of qualification

3.Cross-Media Production

Students create 2 responses, for 2 different platforms, to a set brief (released in March each year): such as producing film posters, DVD covers, magazine covers or live website pages, for example

Internally assessed course work

30% of qualification

 

 

Homework and support

Homework will be set via Show My Homework / school email  and will comprise of a variety of tasks including: internet research; viewing of and listening to set products and related products; taking photographs to use in their production course work pieces; and revising for assessments and examinations.

After school revision sessions are offered in the run up to the examination period; extra course work sessions will run after school if students need them; and a wide range of support materials for all topics covered can be found on the EDUQAS website. In addition to this, A Level students will be offered individual tutorials periodically, such as after an assessment to receive one-to-one feedback.