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Media Studies

What is it about?

“Media literacy is a powerful tool with its own vocabulary and grammar that makes an emotional and psychological point to an audience.” Martin Scorsese

The AQA GCSE Media Studies course is a thorough combination of theory and practice. Across the units of study students will:

  • learn about media industries worth £2 trillion globally
  • study a range of different media such as video games, films, television programmes, newspapers and magazines create and design their own media products including film shorts, DVD covers, magazines and music videos.

What sort of work is done?

Students will develop practical and analytical skills. Practical work will make use of the department’s range of equipment from digital cameras to the latest Apple Mac Editing software. Abilities developed in Media Studies will also directly impact on other subjects like English, using transferrable core skills such as:

  • textual analysis
  • presentational proficiency
  • imaginative and creative ideation.

One hour of extended learning will be set over the two week timetable with tasks ranging from analysis of the sorts of varied Media texts studied in school, to research, consolidating portfolios or extension tasks appropriate to individuals’ needs.

How is it examined?

The qualification is assessed by two written exams at the end of the two years demonstrating the development of analysis of media products. There will be one Non-Exam Assessment creating a practical media product.

How important is the Non-Exam Assessment?

The Non-Exam Assessment represents 30% of the overall qualification and allows students to express their passions for the practical elements of the course. Needless to say attendance is very important to gain the best of this qualification.

What qualification will I get? What could it lead to?

Students will receive a AQA GCSE in Media Studies. Students looking to progress will find Media Studies of great benefit to access Media and Film at A-Level in the 6th Form; potentially moving towards more specialist qualifications or employment.

Career directions could include:

Broadcast and Print Journalism, Film Production in all areas, E-Media and Video Game Design and Advertising. Students with interest in these areas for their future should certainly consider Media Studies to start their journey into this extensive and exciting environment.

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