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Key Stage 4 Media Studies (GCSE)

Media Studies

  • Develops critical thinking and decision-making skills
  • Develops appreciation and critical understanding of the role of the media in daily life
  • Combines practical and theoretical knowledge and skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity
  • Encourages an understanding of how to use key media concepts to analyse media products and their various contexts
  • Prepares students for study in a range of disciplines at National Qualifications Framework Level 3 and above.

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.

From 2017

Awarding body: Eduqas Media Studies 9-1

There are 3 mandatory components in the course

Component 1: Exploring the Media

  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of qualification
  • Focus on Media Language and Representation 

Component 2: Understanding Media Forms and Products

  • Focus on Television, music videos and online media
  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 30% of qualification

Component 3: Non-examined Assessment

Students select 1 brief from 4 published annually by the exam board; working independently they produce a fully realised media product for a specified audience and purpose.

Legacy Course (finishes May 2018)

Awarding Body: AQA 4810 (Single Award GCSE)

There are two mandatory units in the Single Award

  • Unit 1: Investigating the Media
  • Written Paper – 1 hour 30 mins – 60 marks – 40%

External Assessment- pre released topic available in June

  • Unit 2: Understanding the Media
  • Controlled Assessment taken from banks of set assignments – 90 marks – 60%