The Media Studies course is a popular option choice at GSCE and allows pupils to examine all aspects of media from a theoretical and creative aspect.
We use the OCR specification, which is not tiered and allows students of all capabilities to achieve. This specification is designed to develop a critical understanding of the role of the mass media in society, such as TV, the music industry, advertising, radio and the press to afford students the opportunity to develop relevant practical skills.
Year 9 is a Foundation style course where students are introduced to the key concepts and theoretical framework necessary to enable thorough knowledge and understanding of the media.
In Years 10 and 11, students investigate the Close Study Products (CSP) selected by OCR and currently include The Lego Movie and video game, The Avengers and Cuffs TV programmes, Pop Music Videos, The Observer Newspaper and Mojo magazine.
Students’ abilities are tested in two ways:
One piece of Non-Examination Assessment (Creating Media) which constitutes 30% (60 marks) of the final grade. There is a choice of four design briefs which are altered each year but will focus on the following media forms:
• Brief 1 - Magazines
• Brief 2 - Television
• Brief 3 - Music Video
• Brief 4 - Online, social and participatory.
There are two written examinations which constitute the remaining 70%:
Television and promoting media - 70 marks, 1hr 45 minutes (including 30 minutes viewing time)
Music and news - 70 marks, 1hr 15 minutes
Homework is set weekly and should take a maximum of 1 hour 30 minutes. However, a piece of research or a short project may stretch across a number of weeks.