Why choose Media Studies?
The current AQA Media Studies course attracts a large number of students every year because it makes learning interesting, challenging, creative and fun! It offers rigorous but accessible learning on a subject of key importance for young people’s understanding of the world they experience.
What will I be studying?
Unit 1: Investigating the Media
- Written Paper (2016 exam topic is ‘Science Fiction Films’, 2017 TBC), 1hr 30 mins, worth 40%
Unit 2: Understanding the Media
- X3 Controlled Assessments:
- Promotion of Music (music videos)
- Cross-Media Study (film posters and film trailers)
- Print Publishing (magazines and newspapers)
Each Controlled Assessment will contain two parts. Part 1 is an analysis of a media product(s) and part 2 will be practical production of a media product(s). All Controlled Assessments combined are worth 60%.
What skills will I develop?
Candidates are expected to be able to demonstrate competence in a range of skills. These include:
storyboarding, poster design, print advertising, script writing, scheduling, mock-ups for comic panels and treatments, to name a few.
to include photography (still image work), video/digital camera use, use of desk-top publishing packages to create print media, use of sound recording equipment.
candidates are expected to be able to effectively evaluate their production work in light of media practices.
Close textual analysis and writing skills:
the course is known for complementing the study of English. Pupils are expected to analyse media texts closely and to write and present their work persuasively. This links nicely with several areas of study within the CCEA English Language GCSE Specification. For example, Reading Multi-Modal Texts, Reading Non-Fiction and Functional Writing.