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St Albans Girls' School

Media Studies

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Within Media Studies, students gain knowledge and an understanding of a range of different media texts in addition to studying the context in which they were made. As a result, student glean knowledge about the world in which we live.

The multifaceted nature of Media prepares GCSE students for a range of A-levels, including Film Studies at STAGS, and careers in the many career avenues available in contemporary media.

The Department

Curriculum Leader: Mr S Pittard

Associate Curriculum Leader: Mrs M Hall                                                                                                                             

Lead practitioner: Mrs R Sharp

GCSE

Exam Board: Eduqas

Specification Number: Qualification Accreditation Number: 603/1115/0

What will be studied?

This is a relevant and contemporary subject that students can pick as a GCSE option in Year 10.  Key Stage 3 students will have some knowledge of the media through their English lessons where magazines, newspapers and advertising may be studied.

This is a popular, creative subject that many students opt to study.  Many aspects are covered including film, TV, advertising, digital technology, magazines amongst others.  Students critically engage with texts, learn the key skills to analyse them effectively as well as consider why institutions produce them, but also why and how audiences consume them.

There is a practical element to the GCSE course where students plan, organise, produce and edit media products ranging from their own advertising campaigns, magazines and pop-music videos.  The standard of the work is very high and students have the use of Apple iMac computers in two suites in the school.

At GCSE, students study from the Eduqas specification; for progression, A Level Film Studies students study from the same specification.

The new GCSE 9-1 Media Studies qualification covers media skills including the following areas:

  • media language: how the media through their forms, codes and conventions communicate meanings
  • representation: how the media portray events, issues, individuals and social groups
  • media industries: how the media industries’ processes of production, distribution and circulation affect media forms and platforms
  • audiences: how media forms target, reach and address audiences, how audiences interpret and respond to them, and how members of audiences become producers themselves.

How is the course assessed?

Component 1: Exploring the Media

  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 40% of qualification

Section A: Exploring Media Language and Representation

This section assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following print media forms: magazines, marketing (film posters), newspapers, or print advertisements. There are two questions in this section:

  • one question assessing media language in relation to one set product (reference to relevant contexts may be required)
  • one two-part question assessing representation in relation to one set product and one unseen resource in the same media form. Part (a) is based on media contexts. Part (b) requires comparison through an extended response.

Section B: Exploring Media Industries and Audiences

This section assesses two of the following media forms: film, newspapers, radio, video games. It includes:

  • one stepped question on media industries
  • one stepped question on audiences.

Component 2: Understanding Media Forms and Products

  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 30% of qualification

This component assesses all areas of the theoretical framework and contexts of the media in relation to television and music.

Section A: Television

  • one question on either media language or representation, which will be based on an extract from one of the set television programme episodes to be viewed in the examination (reference to relevant contexts may be required)
  • one question on media industries, audiences or media contexts.

Section B: Music (music videos and online media)

  • one question on either media language or representation (reference to relevant contexts may be required)
  • one question on media industries, audiences or media contexts.

Component 3: Creating Media Products

  • Non-exam assessment
  • 30% of qualification

An individual media production for an intended audience in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, applying knowledge and understanding of media language and representation.

What texts are recommended?

The texts studied as part of course are available on the specification (link below)

What websites are recommended?

Eduqas GCSE Media Studies specification

BBC Bitesize GCSE Media Studies

What equipment is needed?

A pen and pencil are essential in addition to stationery required of KS4 students.

Get in touch

Mr P O'Neill, Business Manager

Sandridgebury Lane

St Albans

Hertfordshire

AL3 6DB

01727 853134