GCSE Media Studies offers students the opportunity to learn the skills, knowledge and hands-on experience needed for an ever growing media dominated society. Students will be given a range of media experiences in order to understand the variety of employment options within this area. Not only that but an important element of the course is to make students more active in their view of the media, to question rather than accept. Students will develop their skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision making and analysis.
Under the new Media Studies subject content students will study and examine a range of media texts, across all forms including: gaming, advertising, television, magazines, newspapers, music videos, online media and radio.
Unit 1 – Examination Students will answer questions based on media texts they have studied in class. Students sit this in the summer of Year 11. (70% of GCSE)
Unit 2 – Controlled Assessment Students will plan, create and produce their own media text based on a task and brief provided by the exam board. 30% of the GCSE
Equipment and Hands-on Experience
The Media Studies department is well equipped to aid students when completing the production task, with a suite of new iPads and microphones. We host guest speakers and organise trips to Media City and The Museum of the Moving Image in Bradford. After school on a Thursday, catch-up sessions allow students to work on their planning and production assignments and develop professional and high-quality pieces of controlled assessment.
Studying the Media could be the first step to a career in journalism, the music industry, radio, film or television production. It could also lead you into the fields of advertising, marketing, promotions or publicity. Media Studies can be taken at A/AS and Degree level and uses skills essential in subjects such as English and the Humanities. It combines equally well with practical subjects like Graphics and ICT.