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GCSE Media Studies: Year 9 and 10

Exam Board: OCR

Subject Content

Students will study a full range of media including:

  • Television
  • Film
  • Radio
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Online, social and participatory media
  • Video games
  • Social media

They will analyse these for:

  • media language: how the media through their forms, codes and conventions communicate meanings
  • media representations: how the media portray events, issues, individuals and social group
  • media industries: how the media industries’ processes of production, distribution and circulation affect media forms and platforms
  • media audiences: how media forms target, reach and address audiences, how audiences interpret and respond to them, and how members of audiences become producers themselves
  • They will also develop a knowledge and understanding of a range of contexts and their influence on the media. This includes: Social, Cultural, Historical and Political contexts.

The students sit an exam on two specified topics, currently these are Television and Promoting Media and Music and News.

The exams make up 70% of the final grade.

There is one controlled assessment, 'Creating Media', which makes up 30% of the final grade.

Media Studies: Key Stage 4

Exam Board: OCR GCSE

Subject Content

This is a two year course leading to one GCSE. Students study a full range of media including television, advertising, film, magazines, internet and radio.

The course is designed to give them a broad understanding of the way the media impacts on and influences our lives. Students are taught to analyse and question what they see, not just accept it as fact.

They produce a piece of coursework which involves them analysing and comparing different texts for the way they portray themes such as gender and stereotyping.

Examples of this coursework include romantic comedy films, music videos.

They then produce a practical production for their second piece of coursework which involves them researching, planning, producing and evaluating their own media text.

Examples are creating an advertising campaign for a new product, the opening sequence of a new film, a magazine aimed at a specific audience.

Skills Taught

  • Identifying camera angles
  • Identifying editing techniques
  • Analysing mise-en-scene
  • Understanding denotation and connotation
  • Understanding generic conventions
  • Analysing representation
  • Understanding target audience
  • Analysing generic codes and conventions
  • Analysing editing and filming techniques in Action Adventure Films
  • Analysing unseen clips
  • Research into magazines and advertising 

Assessment Detail

The students sit an exam on two specified topics, currently these are Action Adventure Films and Television Comedy.

These exams test the students' knowledge and understanding of audiences and institutions.

The exams makes up 40% of the final grade.

There are two controlled assessments which make up 60% of the final grade.