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Media Studies

You are probably unaware that you have been revising for Media Studies since someone first switched on CBeebies for you or you were pushed past an advertisement at the bus stop on the way to nursery.

Media Studies is about understanding the world around you. Not the world of the past, or a hypothetical, fictitious version of the world but the very world with which you engage every day.  Whether it is Social Media, Gaming, Advertising, Film, TV or Radio you will explore how these media forms are created, who they are created for, who they are created by and how they represent you and everyone else in the world. 

You may discover that everything you thought you knew was wrong, you may find that you can never use Social Media in the same way again. You will hopefully find that the course opens your eyes up to a new, more positive way of thinking and seeing the world around you.

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Staffing

Head of Department

Mr D Freear

Teachers
Miss E Thacker
 
Ambassadors

Charlotte Bush

Szimi Szikszai

Liz Secker

Gemma Smith

Shania Bowdery

Lexi Ciurea

Suvetha Satkunarajah

Kirsty Hartley

 

Prefects

Amelia Manktelow

Angel Limbu

Darci Holdstock

Ellie Brooker

Feranmi Majekodunmi

Georgia Stern

Key Stage 4

Content 

GCSE Media Studies engages students in the in depth study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework:

  • Media Language
  • Media Representation
  • Media Industries
  • Media Audiences.

Students are required to study media products from all of the following media forms:

  • Television
  • Film
  • Radio
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Online, Social and Participatory Media
  • Video Games
  • Music Video

Assessment and feedback 

Section A will focus on Media Language and Media Representations. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:

  • magazines
  • advertising and marketing
  • newspapers
  • online, social and participatory media and video games.
  • Section B will focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:

  • radio
  • music video
  • newspapers
  • online, social and participatory media and video games
  • film (industries only).

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 84 marks

35% of GCSE

 

Questions

A range of questions relating to an unseen source and Close Study Products.

An extended response question (20 marks).

Specification 

AQA GCSE Media Studies Specification

Exam Support

Past papers

GCSE: Sample Assessment Papers & Specimen Material

A Level: Sample Assessment Materials & Specimen Papers

Useful external links 

The British Film Institute 

Women's Media Centre

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

National Media Museum 

BBFC 

Careers

Potential careers

A job in the media or film industries is a popular career choice among graduates, all major companies and industries rely on an understanding of or utilise the power of the mainstream media.  There are jobs for which Media is directly beneficial such as:

There are jobs for which Media is directly beneficial such as:

  • Media planner
  • Multimedia specialist
  • Programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video
  • Public relations officer
  • Runner, broadcasting/film/video
  • Social media manager
  • Television/film/video producer

And a secondary set of jobs whereby knowledge of Media Studies would be recommended:

  • Advertising account executive
  • Broadcast journalist
  • Editorial assistant
  • Event manager
  • Information officer
  • Magazine journalist
  • Market researcher
  • UX designer
  • Writer

Media Studies students also find plenty of opportunities in the broader market, including publishing, marketing, advertising, law and teaching.

Extra-curricular

 

 

A Level

A Level Media Studies engages students in the in-depth study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework:

  • Media Language
  • Media Representation
  • Media Industries
  • Media Audiences

Students are required to study media products from all of the following media forms:

  • Television
  • Film
  • Radio
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Online, Social and Participatory Media
  • Video Games
  • Music Video

Assessments

What's assessed

Section A will focus on Media Language and Media Representations. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:

  • magazines
  • advertising and marketing
  • newspapers
  • online, social and participatory media and video games.
  • Section B will focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:

  • radio
  • music video
  • newspapers
  • online, social and participatory media and video games
  • film (industries only).

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 84 marks

35% of A-level

Questions

  • A range of questions relating to an unseen source and Close Study Products.
  • Two essay questions (20 marks), one of which is an extended response question.

What's assessed

Questions will focus on the in-depth media forms of television, magazines and online, social and participatory media/video games

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 84 marks
  • 35% of A-level

Questions

One medium length unseen analysis question.

Three essay questions (25 marks), one of which is an extended response question and one of which is a synoptic question.

What's assessed

Application of knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework.

Ability to create media products

How it's assessed

  • A choice of one of six annually changing briefs, set by AQA.
  • 60 marks
  • 30% of A-level
  • Assessed by teachers

Moderated by AQA

Tasks

Students produce:

a statement of intent

a cross-media production made for an intended audience.

Moderated by AQA.

 

Specification

AQA A Level Media Studies Specification