Media Studies

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GCSE Media Studies is designed to enable candidates to:

  •   develop investigative, critical thinking and decision-making skills through consideration of issues that are important, real and relevant to learners and to the world in which they live
  •   develop their appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in their daily lives
  •   develop their practical and creative skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity
  •   understand how to use media concepts and ideas to analyse media productions in their various contexts.

This framework is based on three interdependent study areas:

  •   the products of the media – media texts (explored in terms of genre, narrative and representation)
  • Those study areas are also designed to encourage students to explore the

    convergent nature of the media across its various forms and platforms.
    This specification is therefore organised in terms of the two central activities:

  •   thinking about the media, involving investigating media texts and their various contexts and
  •   creating for the media, involving planning, producing and presenting media texts.

Topics for study

Candidates will explore at least three topics for GCSE Media Studies. These topics must involve study of a minimum of three different media, including at least one print–based and one audiovisual–based form. ‘Media’ will be interpreted in terms of generic forms rather than platforms although there is a requirement that the topics for the examination will be studied in relation to the convergent nature of the media. Examples of different media will thus include film, television, animated film, radio, magazines, music videos, websites and computer games.

Each topic will be explored through the three study areas of the GCSE Media Studies framework and reflect the convergent nature of contemporary media. The topics will be assessed through external examination and controlled assessment tasks.

Topics studied, some of which may be based on particular forms, may include:

  •   Music
  •   Television drama
  •   Advertising
  •   Animation
  •   Science fiction
  •   Lifestyle and celebrity
  •   News
  •   Comedy

    Whether topics are more open or based on a particular form, they will be studied in the context of the convergent nature of contemporary media and its various digital platforms. Each topic will enable candidates to develop their abilities to explore and create media within a challenging course of study.

  •   the organisations behind those texts (explored in terms of production, distribution and regulatory issues) and
  •   the audiences for, and users of, those texts.
  1. For the external examination, one topic from the above list will be set. A different aspect of the topic, based on different media forms or platforms, will be assessed in each of the two sections of the examination paper.

    The aspects of each topic to be examined will be as follows:

    See section 3.1, Scheme of Assessment, for further information. Centres will be informed of topics for future years.

  1. The aspects of each topic to be examined will be as follows:

    See section 3.1, Scheme of Assessment, for further information. Centres will be informed of topics for future years.

Examination Series

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Topic

Examination Section A

Examination Section B

June 2014

Television drama

Television drama (crime)

Magazines

June 2015

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Advertising & marketing

Print advertising

Television advertising

June 2016

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Advertising & marketing

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Film Trailers

Film Posters

 

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