Key Stage 4

What will I study?

You will look at the ways in which media organisations (such as film organisations, TV channels, magazines, social networks, websites) market, promote and brand themselves in a commercially competitive environment.

All students will complete modules in photography, film language, image analysis and the convergent nature of media technology. Students will have the opportunity to use digital still and video cameras and software such as Adobe Photoshop and Fireworks.

How will I be assessed?

External assessment; Written examination paper — 70% of the final mark

Controlled assessment — 30% of the final mark. The controlled assessment consists of two textual investigations approximately 900 words each and one media production consisting of research, planning, the production itself and an evaluation.

Where does studying this course take me?

A successful grade at GCSE will allow progression to A level or BTEC courses post 16.

What do I really need to cope successfully with this course?

To succeed at GCSE media studies, students must have a passion for some of the aspects of the media. Students will need to spend additional time mastering basic media skills such as taking photographs, filming, image manipulation and editing. Hopefully all students selecting media will enjoy the creativity offered by the course.

Examination Board: WJEC

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