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Media Studies

The GCSE media studies course offers students with an excellent opportunity to study what forms the basis of our cultural diet. Contemporary media products have influenced and shaped the modern world as we know it today manipulating how people view themselves and others.

The GCSE media course allows students to analyse and critique societal conventions and norms through a range of media products. It allows students to learn to critically analyse and evaluate products challenging them to draw upon their knowledge from a range of other subjects such as history and English.

Media at Key Stage 4

For the AQA GCSE Media students will be expected to complete two exams: Media One and Media Two and a coursework module. Students will complete an in depth study of a range of Close Study Products (CSP) in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework: Media language, representations, industries and audiences, these will be analysed in relation to a range of media theories.

How it’s assessed

  • Media Paper One - 1 hour and 30 minutes, (84 marks) - 35%
  • Media Paper Two - 1 hour and 30 minutes, (84 marks) - 35%
  • Non examined component (NEA) - 30%
    • Students will be expected to produce a media product in line with a detailed brief.

Additional and recommended learning tools or reading

  • Media studies CSP booklet

Department Members

  • Miss M Rahman (Head of English and Media studies)