Year 10

What Will I Learn?

In Year 10 you will develop your understanding and appreciation of what you watch, read or hear. The skills that students acquire during the course are valid for a wide range of careers.
You will learn a variety of skills and key concepts that include analytical and evaluative skills, as well as pre-production and post-production practical skills. Your ICT skills and knowledge will also be enhanced as you use a range of software programs for production editing.

How Will I Be Assessed?

  • Controlled assessment Task– B321
  • Completion of an individual portfolio containing a comparative essay and production exercise based on two media texts
  • An Evaluation of your product using MS PowerPoint

Worth 30% of final GCSE grade

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

  • Collaborative work
  • Research projects of media institutions and their success
  • Analysis of a variety of media texts through the use of moving-image media and the internet
  • Practical Digital photography tasks
  • Production work as you compile two film posters for a new film using Adobe editing software

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

Media Studies is a very important subject, ultimately combining aspects of Politics, Sociology, History and Economics. It encourages creativity, teaches a range of analytical practical skills, and introduces students to critical ways of thinking about the world around them. These talents are highly valued by schools and universities.

Year 11

What Will I Learn?

In Year 11 you will develop your analytical skills with reference to the action-adventure film genre. You will acquire understanding of the media industry as an institution and as a business and will therefore develop research, planning, construction, and evaluation skills as you go about a mass production portfolio related to the print industry.
After exploring existing professional print media products you will have the opportunity to design and make a new one of your choice. The brief tests your application of knowledge on target audiences and institutions, hence demonstrating your ability to carefully design new products that would be considered successful in today’s current economic market.

How Will I Be Assessed?

  • Examination - 1 hour 45 minutes in length
  • Completion of Production Portfolio (Magazine project) that uses research, planning and practical production skills

Examination = 40% of final GCSE Grade

Production Portfolio = 30% of final GCSE Grade

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

  • Research tasks
  • Planning skills such as storyboarding and creating media ‘mock-ups’
  • Practical production exercises that require both moving-image and digital photography skills
  • Editing of production work using ICT and Adobe software program
  • Collaborative activities

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

Media Studies is a very important subject, ultimately combining aspects of Politics, Sociology, History and Economics. It encourages creativity, teaches a range of analytical and practical skills, and introduces students to critical ways of thinking about the world around them. These talents are highly valued by schools and universities.