Media Studies

Head of Department: Mr. D. Manning

Qualification: GCSEExam Board: EduqasExam/NEA split: 70% Exam 30% NEA

Component 1: Exploring the Media

Weighting: 40%

Written Exam – 1 hour 30 minutes

Section A:  Exploring Media Language & Representations.

Section B: Exploring Media Industries & Audiences.Responding to the following forms: Newspapers, Magazines, Film Marketing, Print advertising, Radio, Video games. Contains a mixture of questions including an extended response.

Component 2: Understanding Media Forms & Products.

Weighting: 30%

Written Exam – 1 hour 30 minutes.

Explores all aspects of the theoretical framework in relation to 2 key areas:

Section A: TelevisionQuestions based on depth Study of TV Crime Drama or Sitcom.

Section B: Music (Videos & Online)Questions based on depth study of music videos and online presence from modern & historical examples.

Component 3: Creating Media Products

Weighting: 30%

Non-Exam Assessment

Students need to create an individual media production for an intended audience in response to a choice of briefs set by Eduqas, focusing particularly on Media Language and Representation. Students will have the opportunity to create Print or Broadcast based products depending on the brief they choose.

Course Summary:

Over the course of the 2 years that GCSE Media Studies is delivered, students will explore a range of traditional and contemporary forms in order to gain an in depth and rounded knowledge of how the media influences and impacts society both domestically and internationally. Media Studies provides students with opportunities to develop a range of skills. Analysis of products is focused around the theoretical framework, which contains four key areas: Media Language, Audiences, Representations and Media Industries. These and a range of media contexts underpin in depth analysis of a range of Close Study Products (CSPs) that questions in both exams are based on. Additionally, students will also develop a range of practical skills in order to complete their Non-Exam Assessment, which will include using photo and video editing software to create media products from material that they have produced themselves in response to one of four briefs set by the exam board.

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