Media Studies is a very important subject, ultimately combining aspects of Politics, Sociology, History and Economics. It encourages creativity, teaches analytical skills and introduces students to critical ways of thinking about the world around them. These talents are highly valued by schools and universities.
The subject will complement your GCSE English and allow you to apply your ICT skills in a creative context since it involves the practical application of the knowledge you will develop. The course also forms a firm basis for further study at A Level.
Media Studies involves the close analysis and production of the images, sounds and texts that we experience via the different forms that media can take (such as movies, TV, websites, advertising, magazines, etc).
What will you study?
As well as essays, research and reports, Media Studies also involves practical work, where students learn the techniques involved for the production of texts.
The current GCSE Media Studies course offers:
- Extensive and meaningful cover of media theory and practice
- Practical work which integrates theories and concepts
- The chance to study across a range of different media
- Opportunities to learn about real media products and industries
- Opportunities for progression, especially to A Level Media Studies or Level 3 Diploma in Creative and Media.
Unit 1: investigating the Media
The examination is an external assessment that is based on a topic that is set by the examination board and changes each year. They will perform a mock exam in Year 10.
Unit 2: understanding the Media
Coursework task that are set by the examination board. There are 3 assignments
- Introductory assignment
- Cross-media assignment
- Practical Production and Evaluation