Media Studies

MEDIA

Careers in Media Studies

The creative media sector is a dynamic, growing and rewarding sector to work in, with new opportunities arising continually.

The UK’s creative industries as a whole are now worth over £84 billion per year to the UK economy.

Working in the creative media industry involves a wide range of practical processes, skills and techniques – from broadcast media to increasingly interactive products and platforms.

As digital technology continues to evolve, media techniques have become more sophisticated and media products are becoming more advanced. However, what has not changed is that media products still have the power to enthral, intrigue and affect audiences.

All information is ‘mediated’ to us through newspapers, magazines, internet sites, television, radio and film (amongst others).  If we don’t understand how to ‘read’ the media we will never be able to understand how that information is being controlled and communicated.

Media Literacy is essential in the 21st Century!

AQA GCSE Media Studies

GCSE Media Studies engages students in the in depth study of media products in relation to the

four areas of the theoretical framework:

  • media language
  • media representation
  • media industries
  • media audiences

Students are required to study media products from all of the following media forms:

  • television
  • film
  • radio
  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • advertising and marketing
  • online, social and participatory media
  • video games
  • music video

Assessment

Media One

What’s assessed

Section A will focus on Media Language and Media Representations. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:

  • magazines
  • advertising and marketing
  • newspapers
  • online, social and participatory media and video games.

Section B will focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences. Questions in this section can test

any two of the following forms:

  • radio
  • music video
  • newspapers
  • online, social and participatory media and video games
  • film (industries only).

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 84 marks
  • 35% of GCSE

Questions

  • A range of questions relating to an unseen source and Close Study Products.
  • An extended response question (20 marks).

Media Two

What’s assessed

Section A will be based on a screening from an extract of one of the television Close Study Products and can test any area of the theoretical framework.

Section B will be based on either newspapers or online, social and participatory media and video games and can test any area of the framework.

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 84 marks
  • 35% of GCSE

Questions

  • Short, medium and extended response questions assessing depth of knowledge and understanding of the course.

Non-exam assessment: creating a media product

What’s assessed

  • Application of knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework.
  • Ability to create media products.

How it’s assessed

  • A choice of one of five annually changing briefs, set by AQA.
  • 60 marks
  • 30% of GCSE
  • Assessed by teachers
  • Moderated by AQA.

Tasks

Students produce:

  • a statement of intent
  • a media product for an intended audience.

Join the Haywood Academy Media and Film Club!

Explore the world of media and film; learn to dive deep into the world of cinema and explore how meaning is created through moving images. 

Please contact Miss Brammer for details on how to join!

 

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