GCSE Media Studies

Why study this course?

Film, television, podcasts, e-newspapers, websites, games, apps- have you ever wondered who creates all the media that are readily available on your phone, computer, tablet, games console, TV and more?  The media are now more accessible than ever, and digital technology has transformed the way we use them.

What will I learn?

GCSE Media Studies allows students to learn about the media in an integrated way looking at both theory and production.  You will study all nine media forms, from within moving image, print and online media.  You will complete a range of written and practical assignments based on them.

In Year 10 you will be required to study a wide variety of media forms: TV, film, video games, music video, newspapers, magazines, advertising and social media.  You will also engage in the in depth study of Close Study Products provided by the exam board which will inform part of both exam papers.

In Year 11 you will complete a non-exam assessment:  creating a media product worth 30% of the course.  You will select from a range of briefs – i.e. opening of a film, news production, music video.

You will then focus on the exam topic, which will focus on the four areas of the Theoretical framework: Industry, audience, representation and media language.

How will I be assessed?

30% coursework portfolio, 70% written exam – Paper 1 and Paper 2.

Where can this course lead to after Key Stage 4?

Progression A level Media Studies, Level 3 Vocational Courses in Media Production, University Media Production Degrees.

Potential careers Entry level employment opportunities in creative digital media production, assistant web designer, editorial assistant, junior photographer, assistant games designer, production assistant or games tester – to name but a few!

To find out more information:
For more information about GCSE Media Studies, please contact Pauline Given, Subject leader of Media Studies