Media studies

GCSE in Media Studies

Why study this subject?

On average a person will watch over 2,000 films, listen to over 100,000 songs and see over 230,000 averts in their lifetime. But have you ever stopped to wonder the impact media may be having on you? Studying GCSE Media will help you unlock the secrets of media and help you understand the impact it is has on you and society.

What will I learn?

In this course you will learn how media shapes attitudes and values, ranging from the biggest Hollywood blockbuster film to the smallest local newsletter. The aim of the course is to develop a critical understanding of the role of mass media, who makes it, markets it and consumes it. You will also create your own media productions, from designing a magazine front cover to filming and editing group horror trailers using the latest equipment.

How will I be taught?

A mixture of theoretical and practical lessons ensures all key areas of the course are met. You will work independently on all written assignments and in groups for the practical tasks. You will have access to the latest equipment, ranging from High Definition video camcorders to Apple Mac computers. Coursework will have deadlines which you are expected to meet.

How will I be assessed?

Your class work and homework will be regularly marked and feedback given will ensure you know how to improve your attainment. Your progress will be closely monitored to ensure you succeed.

What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?

Studying GCSE Media can develop a wide range of transferable skills including the ability to use a range of software, including Photoshop, iMovie and Final Cut, communication, team work, analysing information and presenting independently and within a group.

Post 16-Progression

If you succeed in GCSE Media you will be invited to join our A-Level Media course. An A-Level in Media demands both creative and theoretical skills. Post A-Level you may wish to carry on your studies in Media at University or in a variety of related courses including English studies, Journalism, Photography, Cinema studies, Psychology, Music Technology, Drama and many more.

How much extended learning will I have to do?

You will be set extended learning tasks regularly. An example of an extended learning task may include watching a movie and writing a detailed review.

Where can I find out more about this qualification?

Speak to the Media teachers, Mr Morris or Mrs McCrea.



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