Media Studies GCSE

Media Studies

What will you learn?

As a GCSE Media Studies student, you will analyse how media products like TV programmes and music videos use images, sounds, language, and representations to create meaning. You will learn about the media industry and how the industry affects how media products are made. You will investigate media audiences, exploring who are the people who watch, read and consume the products, and considering how different people might be affected by media products differently, and why. After all, the media is a very powerful and influential institution - empower yourself with knowledge and understanding!

Year 9: media language and the key concepts of genre, representation, industry and audience, and introducing students to the theories that go with these.

Year 10: set texts - print media and non-examined assessment tasks (NEA). Deepening understanding and ability to apply the theoretical framework.

Year 11: set texts - music industry, tv crime drama, radio (The Archers) and completion of NEA.

How will you be assessed?

Non-examined assessment: you will be given a production brief which you will research and explore in order to produce a product such as pages from a magazine, music videos and advertising. It is worth 30 % of your final grade and is conducted under supervision by your teacher.

Two exams in the summer of year 11:

  • Paper 1 is 90 minutes long and is worth 40% of your final grade

  • Paper 2, also 90 minutes long, involves watching a moving image clip, among other tasks. This paper is worth 30% of your final grade.

Where can this subject take you in the future?

Over one hundred universities offer courses in Media, Communications and Cultural Studies in the UK. An A Level qualification in Media Studies, informed by study at GCSE level, helps you to move towards these courses, as well as to those in a range of other areas.

Whether you are planning to go to university or not, there is a huge array of career opportunities in the media, and it’s an industry that is growing very quickly. There are careers in TV and film production, advertising, journalism, interactive media, and digital marketing, technical production, special effects, web design and post-production.

Additionally, Media Studies will even help you to develop skills that you’ll be able use in your other subjects such as critical thinking, analysis, research, planning, practical skills, time management, essay writing skills and more.