Exam board: AQA
Examinations: 2x 1 ½ hour exams (35% each) at the end of year 11, plus 1x Non-Exam Assessment
Specification code: 8527
Specification link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/media-studies/gcse/media-studies-8572
What is Media Studies?
Media Studies is an exciting, engaging and very relevant topic which explores different methods of mass communication. From television to Twitter, Media Studies explores a range of different media platforms throughout history, how they have grown and developed and indeed are still developing to this day, making Media Studies an ever changing but up to date subject. Media Studies is a topic which explores a range of different media platforms and their audiences, industries, language and representations whilst engaging with the both planning behind a media product and the production of it. This allows pupils to analyse media products as well as to plan and create their own. As Media Studies is a very relevant subject and therefore increasing in its popularity, there are many avenues that it can lead to in later life, some examples being: journalism, television, film, broadcasting, radio, advertising and marketing, web design and many more.
In year 9 our pupils are introduced to the topic of Media Studies and the 4 key elements within it, of representations, audience, language and industries. Whilst studying these areas pupils will be introduced to a range of new ideas and theories as well as exploring a range of media platforms and products.
In year 10 our pupils begin to explore the Close Study Products (CSPs) that are given to them by the exam board, which they must study for use in their final GCSE examinations in year 11. These products cover a range of media platforms from television series and social media pages to music videos and gaming and span a wide range of time. Recent Close Study Products have included products from 1963 up to the present day. This allows pupils to explore a wide range of products and platforms as well as allowing them to see how media has grown and developed over time. Towards the end of year 10, pupils will then begin their Non-Exam Assessment, responding to a brief which will be given to them by the exam board. This is worth 60 marks and will form 30% of their final GCSE grade.
In year 11 our pupils begin the year by completing their Non-Exam Assessment which they began at the end of year 10. This is where they respond to a brief given to them by the exam board. This is worth 60 marks and 30% of their final GCSE grade. Once this is completed pupils then revise the Close Study Products that were given to them by the exam board in year 10. Pupils will explore each of these products in terms of their: media language, audience, representations and industries. Pupils will then sit 2 GCSE examinations at the end of year 11, each will be 1 and a half hours long and worth 84 marks which is 35% of their overall GCSE grade.