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Media Studies

The media plays a central role in our society and culture today. Media surrounds us and affects every aspect of our lives. Media provides us with ways to communicate, express ourselves and participate in society. Its importance is unquestionable.

Therefore it’s also important we study Media.

Future Possibilities

Increasingly more and more jobs in today’s world are related to the media. A media studies GCSE is an excellent foundation for a future career in TV, publishing (books, magazines, journals) vlogging, website design and content creating to name a few.

Media Texts studied:

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Films
  • Magazines
  • Music Videos
  • Social Media
  • Newspapers
  • Radio
  • Television

Exams and Coursework

Component 1:

Exploring Media Language, Industries, Audiences and Representation

This is a written exam (1 hour 30 minutes) which accounts for 40% of the grade.

This section focuses on magazines, marketing (film posters), newspapers, or print advertisements, film, newspapers, radio and video games.

Component 2:

Understanding Media Forms and Products

This is a written exam (1 hour 30 minute) which accounts for 30% of the grade.

This section assesses the theory and contexts of television and music.


Component 3:

Creating Media Products

This is a practical assessment which accounts for 30% of the grade. Pupils will create their own media product (short film) towards a set brief for a target audience.