GCSE Media Studies

In GCSE Media Studies students develop both a practical and a theoretical understanding of the nature of the Media and their application in society. Initially students will explore the way media texts are conceived and developed and will experience the production of media in a variety of contexts. Students will demonstrate their learning through the practical application of theoretical concepts and may choose to work in areas of film, TV, radio, print or website development.

At DGSB the following units are studied:

Unit 1: Investigating the media

Students prepare for a Year 11 June exam taking a case study approach to understanding style, audience, values, representation and conventions - under timed conditions. Students will need to design a media product to a brief released prior to the exam. Examples may be a film poster, DVD or computer game cover.

Unit 2: Understanding the media

Students complete three coursework assignments across three media forms. These assignments comprise analysis and production. Students have previously studied and created DVD covers, music videos/album covers and opening film sequences/trailers. Students make choices about the texts they use for their coursework.


The examination board is AQA



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