MEDIA STUDIES GCSE
Reason for studying this subject
Media Studies GCSE is open to all students but it will be of particular
interest to those who enjoy film, television, newspapers, magazines,
photography and journalism. The course is designed to help you to
understand how these media products are constructed, how we use
and understand them and the effects they can have upon our world.
What you will be studying
During the course you will have the opportunity to study at least three
different types of media. Your assignments will contain some theory
but also some practical work and you will be encouraged to work
both alone and within a group. You could be asked to analyse a
series of photographs before constructing your own photographs.
You may be asked to examine different types of television programs
or films before thinking up an idea for a new television program. You
could even be asked to design an advertising campaign for a film
having looked at other campaigns for current films. You will also
have the chance to produce your own media project such as a
magazine or film trailer. The department also organises trips specifically
for GCSE students.
How you will be assessed
The course is assessed through four pieces of coursework (50%) and an examination (50%).
Is it for me?
It is important to be keen, organised and determined if you choose to
opt for Media Studies. You should enjoy using the media and try to
keep up to date with what is happening in the media. If you think you
have these qualities then you should find this course enjoyable and
· Level 1 or 2 Course
· Equivalent to 1 GCSE A* – G Grade
· QCA Score A*
= 58, C = 40, G = 16