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Media Studies

Media Studies is a popular subject at Stewards Academy and provides a good foundation for further study of this subject at AS or A level. It is a great choice for pupils considering a future career in the media, advertising or marketing industries.

The Media Studies course is both contemporary and interactive and encourages pupils to develop their creative, analytical, research and communication skills through exploring a range of media forms and perspectives.

The course involves an in depth study of media products in relation to four key assessment areas:

  • media language
  • media representation
  • media industries
  • media audiences

Pupils are expected to study examples of both historical and modern media and will explore a series of 18 close study products during the course. Media texts are chosen from a range of platforms including:

  • TV
  • Radio
  • Film
  • Advertising
  • Magazine
  • Newspaper
  • Online Social and Participatory Media
  • Video Games
  • Music Video

Key Stage 4

Students follow the AQA GCSE Media Studies specification.

The qualification is linear which means that knowledge is built over a three year period, then the examinations and NEA – Non Exam Assessment is completed in Year 11.

Component 1

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 and marketing
  • 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)
 

Component 2

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.
 

Component 3 – The Non Exam Assessment (NEA)

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.