Media GCSE

Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Media Studies

 

The impact of the media on everyday life is undeniable in today’s contemporary culture.  History, politics, economics, sport and entertainment are shaped by the communication channels that the major media organisations have developed over time.  Everyday audiences around the world are faced with new representations, viewpoints and messages through a multitude of means across many different platforms.  The status and culture of celebrity is challenging our perceptions of entertainment and news and huge multi-media conglomerates are pushing for a control of our habits and interests through social networks and search engines.  

 

GCSE Media Studies is an exciting subject that introduces students to a range of media products from the past and in the present and asks them to investigate the context, representations and messages that they communicate.  Through the platforms of television, advertising, magazines, newspapers, radio, apps, music videos and film promotion students have the opportunity to select their own products to compare against the set items.  The two years develops their ability to question decisions, challenge typicalities and explore their own technological skills by making a piece of media.  The subject is exciting, challenging and is designed to make you a more appreciative consumer of media.

 

 

Subject Breakdown

 

Unit 1: Exploring the Media

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 30% of qualification

Section A: Representations – advertising, video games and newspapers This section will assess knowledge and understanding of the representation of gender and events in relation to any of the media forms studied – advertising, video games and newspapers.  One stepped question based on unseen print-based resource material related to advertising, video games or newspapers. Section B: Music This section will assess knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, media industries and audiences.  One stepped question and two single questions.

Unit 2: Understanding Television and Film

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 30% of qualification

Section A: Wales on Television This section will assess knowledge of media industries, audiences, media language and representation.  One stepped question based on the set 'Wales on Television' product chosen by the centre. The final part of this question requires an extended response where the quality of written communication will be assessed.

Section B: Contemporary Hollywood Film This section will assess knowledge and understanding of media industries, audiences and media language. One stepped question and two single questions.

Unit 3: Creating Media

Non-exam assessment 40% of qualification

A media production, including individual research and planning, created in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, and applying knowledge and understanding of key concepts.  An individual reflective analysis of the production.