Key Stage 4

GCSE Media Studies
Examination Board: AQA
Course Outline/ Topics
GCSE Media Studies engages students in the in depth study of media products in relation to the four areas of the Theoretical framework:
Media language
Media representation
Media industries
Media audiences.

Students are required to study media products from all of the following media forms:
Television
Film
Radio
Newspapers
Magazines
Advertising and marketing
Online, social and participatory media
Video games
Music video

Media One
What’s assessed?
Section A will focus on Media Language and Media Representations. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:
Magazines
Advertising
Newspapers
Online, social and participatory media and video games
Section B will focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:
Radio
Music Video
Newspapers
Online, social and participatory media and video games
Film (industries only)

How it’s assessed?
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
84 marks
35% of GCSE

Questions
A range of questions relating to an unseen source and Close Study Products
An extended response question (20 marks)

Media Two
What’s assessed?
Section A will be based on a screening from an extract of one of the television Close Study Products and can test any area of the theoretical framework.
Section B will be based on either newspapers or online, social and participatory media and video games and can test any area of the framework.

How it’s assessed?
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
84 marks
35% of GCSE

Questions
Short, medium and extended response questions assessing depth of knowledge and understanding of the course

PLUS

Non-Exam assessment creating a media project
What’s assessed?
Application of knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework
Ability to create media products

How it’s assessed
A choice of one of five annually changing briefs set by AQA
60 marks
30% of GCSE
Assessed by teachers
Moderated by AQA

Tasks
Students produce:
A statement of intent
A Media product for an intended audience

 

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