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Mrs A Remoiville
Head of Media


Media Studies is challenging, interesting and creative. It is a very relevant subject as the influence of the media is ever-increasing! Studying Media teaches analytical skills, encourages creativity and introduces you to critical ways of thinking about how ideas are represented and how you both consume and create media. These skills are highly valued in further education and the world of work.

The course is theory-based with a coursework component, where you will undertake a production from an annually changing brief. It is important that you are able meet deadlines and manage your work independently, and it helps to be confident in using ICT, as you will work with a variety of creative software programmes. Also crucial are strong analytical skills and attention to detail, as there is a lot of terminology, textual analysis and theory to study.

What will I learn?

  • How to apply media language (codes and conventions) to deconstruct a wide range of Close Study Products (CSPs) and additional examples
  • How the media constructs representations of individuals, groups and ideas
  • How texts appeal to their target audience, and how audiences use media texts to meet their own needs
  • How to plan and construct advertisements, tour posters, magazine covers and more
  • How to plan and undertake coursework production

Course Outline

Two written exams:

  • Media One – applying Media Language, Representation, Industries and Audiences to various CSPs and an unseen source. 1h30 exam, 35% of GCSE.
  • Media Two – based on a Television CSP and Newspapers or Online Media CSP. 1h30 exam, 35% of GCSE.

Controlled assessment/coursework:

  • Non-exam assessment – a production from an annually changing brief, 30% of GCSE. Students write a statement of intent and a produce media product for an intended audience.

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