GCSE Media Studies

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What will I learn?

The WJEC Media Studies course will allow you to draw on your existing experience of the media, to develop your abilities to explore media and work on creating media.  You will learn about products of the media (media texts: exploring genre, narrative and representation; organisations (production, distribution and regulation); and audiences.  In Media Studies, you will be able to develop investigative, critical thinking and decision making skills, through considering real and relevant issues.  You will also develop an appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in your daily lives.  You will be able to develop practical and creative skills as well as understand how to use media concepts and ideas to analyse media productions.  Topics may include:  Television Drama, Music, Advertising, Animation, Science Fiction, Lifestyle and celebrity, News and Comedy.

How will I learn?

You will be given the opportunity to think about the media, investigating media texts and contexts.  You will also be able to be creative by planning, producing, presenting and evaluating your own media texts.  You will be encouraged to develop your use of media terminology, communication and ICT skills.

How will I be assessed?

You will follow the WJEC Specification through the medium of English.

External Assessment:  Written Examination (40 %) 2 hours 15 minutes.

Section A: Thinking about the Media – Investigating.  This assesses your knowledge and understanding of a set topic.

Section B: Thinking about the Media – Planning. This assesses your planning and creative skills through a series of tasks.

Controlled Assessment (60 %)

Two textual investigations of 400-850 words (10 % each)

One media production (40 %) consisting of: research, planning, production and evaluation.

The tasks will be marked by your teacher and then moderated by WJEC.

What next after the course?

You may decide to continue your media studies training by following a media studies, film or creative arts course.  You may consider pursuing a career in the media and may consider studying media, film or journalism at a higher level.

Future employment opportunities?

The media industry encompasses a wide range of employment opportunities.