Media GCSE

This course is particularly aimed at students with an interest in the wide Media, from TV and film, to gaming, web design and graphic design. Following this course, students would naturally progress on to study one of these areas further at the college.

The course enables students to develop good analytical skills as well as key practical skills in print and video production. It will help students to develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the media, how different products target audiences, and how different media products are constructed.

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Course Insight Subject Highlights

Topics you will study
  • Action and Adventure Films.
  • Television Comedy.
  • Analysis of the way different people are portrayed in the Media.
  • Practical skill development for video and print production.
Progression Routes – What’s in it for me?

GCSE Media provides a strong foundation for further progression to Media related courses and enhanced vocational and career pathways in the Creative Industries including:

  • Media Studies
  • Digital Games Design and Development
  • Web Design
  • TV and Film Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
Assessment:                     Awarding Body:

Portfolio of work (controlled assessment) – 60%     AQA

Key Features
  • You will develop the ability to technically analyse scenes from films and explain how the technical features represent characters to audiences.
  • You will learn how Television Comedy is constructed to target audiences and entertain them.
  • You will learn how to plan and create your own media products, utilising industry standard equipment and software.
  • There is a strong focus on progression skills such as creativity; imagination; research; analysis; and independent thinking skills.
Stoke6th Graduate Attributes
How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications

During this course you will be:

  • Working both as individuals and as teams to plan and produce media to a high standard.
  • Studying a wide range of different media which will both challenge the way you think and provide entertainment.
  • Developing a new technical vocabulary and knowledge of specialist terms relevant the media.
Course Content
Individual Media Studies Portfolio

For this unit you will write a comparative essay in class about two different films, TV programmes and/or music videos.

Textual Analysis and Media Studies

This unit is assessed through a 1 hour 45 minute exam at the end of the year. You will see a 5 minute clip from an unseen action/adventure film and answer key questions.

Production Portfolio in Media Studies

This is your big practical project and is assessed through coursework. You can work individually or in groups, and plan, produce and evaluate piece of video work and/or print work.