GCSE

G.C.S.E Media Studies
Students follow the AQA specification for exams from 2014

Unit 1 Investigating the Media 40%
This takes the form of a 1 hour and 30 minute externally assessed exam paper based around a pre-released topic or genre. The topic changes annually; previous topics have included TV Crime Drama, Action Adventure Films or Reality Television. Learners will look in depth at specific examples within the genre and will be asked to present their own ideas for a production based on media brief released prior to the exam.

Unit 2 Understanding the Media 60 %
This takes the form of three controlled assessment assignments which require students to be able to analyse media texts, plan and create media texts and evaluate their own production work.

Assignment 1
This assignment aims to introduce candidates to the analysis and interpretation of media texts through the analysis of media language and the application of media terminology and techniques. Learners will study film and television and write an analysis of how media codes and conventions communicate meaning to the audience. In addition to this they will create a story board for their own opening sequence linked to a specific genre.

Assignment 2
This assignment is a cross media study focussing on music promotion and learners will look at how artists and bands are represented across media platforms.

Assignment 3
This is a practical production. Learners will plan and create a magazine aimed at a specific target audience. They will use software such and Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe In-design to create a text product that applies the codes and conventions of professional layout and design. They will evaluate their work applying key media concepts to explain their creative decisions.

AS and A Level

Media Studies A Level
Students follow the AQA specification for exams from 2015

AS Media Studies

Mest 1 Exam 50% 2 Hours
The Media Studies exam is split into two sections: section A will present students with an unseen media text and this could be a moving image, e-media or print product. Learners will be asked four questions linked to the key concepts of Media Studies, the aim being for learners to be able to interpret and respond to different texts. Section B enables learners to prepare a case study on two media texts of their choice.

Mest 2: Creating Media

Learners will research, plan and create a practical production based on a specific media brief. They will be required to produce a moving image product and either a print based or e-media product. The aim is for learners to be able to show creative and technical skill to present a coherent cross media campaign. Learners will evaluate their productions applying the four key media concepts.

A2 Mest 3 Critical Perspectives: Exam 50% 2 Hours

Section A:
Learners will be asked to compare two unseen media texts, they will be required to apply the key concepts of media studies as well as linking their response to media theory, ideology and wider contexts.
Section B:
Learners will prepare a case study on either a digital media institution of their choice or issues of identity in the media.

Mest 4 Critical Investigation

Learners will select a topic of their choice linked to a specific media debate. They will research their chosen topic independently and develop an individual question or focus for their investigation. This will take the form of a 2000 word essay and a linked media production of their choice.