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MEDIA STUDIES

Examination Board: GCSE AQA

COURSE DESCRIPTION

**Please note the AQA Media Studies GCSE specification is still awaiting accreditation from OFQUAL and is subject to change**

Unit 1: Exam Component – Worth 35% of GCSE

Questions will focus on three areas of the theoretical framework: industries, audiences and representation. There will be a balanced approach to these three areas of the theoretical framework in that Section A will focus on industries and audiences whilst Section B will deal with the representations. The exam responses require a mixture of short paragraphs and extended, essay style questions.

Unit 2: Exam Component – Worth 35% of GCSE

Questions will focus on media language and contexts of the media. Students will be expected to analyse media products both in relation to the theoretical framework and their contexts. Section A will focus on language and Section B will focus on contexts. The exam responses require a mixture of short paragraphs and extended, essay style questions.

Unit 3: Non-Examined Assessment – Worth 30% of GCSE

Students will be able to apply their knowledge and understanding of theoretical framework by creating a production piece. Students will be able to choose what product they make, but it must fit the theme set by the exam board.

IS THIS QUALITIFCATION RIGHT FOR ME?

Media Studies develops a range of creative and analytical skills which lay a strong foundation for the study of a variety of creative subjects. In addition, the critical thinking skills developed through the course prepare students well to consider a vast range of societal issues and write academically about them.

You should consider Media Studies if you enjoy the following: researching new and existing media products, analysing and writing about media products, learning and applying theory, exploring media corporations and considering how people, places and ideas are represented in the media.


Media Studies

Course Description

**Please note the AQA Media Studies GCSE specification is still awaiting accreditation from OFQUAL and is subject to change**

AS

Exam - Paper 1 (70% of AS grade)

An externally assessed unit, where students will be required to respond to an unseen source and produce an extended response question assessing the understanding of the issues relating to the theme of the NEA (non-exam assessment) and the theoretical framework.

NEA - Creating a Media Product (30% of AS grade)

An internally assessed, practical unit where students are required to create a media product in response to the annually changing theme. The products created should demonstrate their ability to appeal to a specific audience.

A2

Exam - Paper 1 (35% of A Level grade) & Paper 2 (35% of A Level grade)

Paper 1 is an externally assessed unit that will focus on issues and debates currently in the media. A topic will be released in advance of the exam. Students will be expected to use relevant elements of the theoretical framework in order to explore the ideas in the paper.

Paper 2 is an externally assessed unit that will focus on the analysis of media products, through the lens of the theoretical framework. Students will be expected to refer to Close Study Products provided by the exam board and products that they have studied. They will also be expected to demonstrate understanding of the contexts in which the products were created.

NEA - Creating media products

An internally assessed, practical unit where students are required to create media products in response to the annually changing theme. The products created should demonstrate their ability to appeal to a specific audience and show synergy between them.

Assessment

  • students complete two units for AS and three units for A2
  • assessment involves written examinations and practical tasks

Media is the fastest growing employment sector in the UK with a vast array of jobs. London is the media capital of Europe, if not the world, with over 600,00 different roles available.At Southam College we aim to study an exciting range of contemporary media texts, from film and television to magazines and websites. As part of the course you will learn and apply media and academic theory to contemporary media debates from 'the new digital world' to the rise and fall of reality television. You will also learn practical techniques for media productions, such as designing your own magazines and producing music videos and promotional campaigns.

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