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Mrs R Taylor BA PGCE (Head of Department)

Miss E Stewart MSc BA PGCE

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

Unit 2: Understanding the Media

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:

Pre-production/planning skills:
storyboarding, poster design, print advertising, script writing, scheduling, mock-ups for comic panels and treatments, to name a few.

Production skills:
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.


Career Options

GCSE Media Studies is a great choice for people considering a career in the media, advertising and marketing. For example, students of Media Studies may be interested in some of the following career paths: Programme Researcher, Public Relations Officer, Media Planner, Runner - broadcasting/film/video, Television/film/video Producer, Advertising Account Executive, Advertising Copywriter, Broadcast Presenter, Video Game Creator, Broadcast Journalist, Information Officer, Magazine Journalist, Market Researcher, Newspaper Journalist, Writer, Civil Servant, Politician.  

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