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Light Hall School - Media

Subject Overview

What are the aims of the course?

To help you to:

  • Understand a range of media texts and the ways they are read and understood by different audiences
  • Develop a critical awareness of media representations of individuals, groups and issues
  • Explore and represent your own ideas by developing practical production skills
  • Gain confidence in new Media technology.


KS4

G.C.S.E.

KEY COURSE INFORMATION

AQA Course: 60% based on Controlled Assessments (3 assignments worth 10%, 20% and 30% respectively)
40% based on final exam (topic known 2 years in advance) Topic for 2014 exam: Promotion and Marketing of Video Games. Topic for 2015 exam: Television News

  Autumn Spring Summer
yr 10 a
Media Language, Audience & Institutions
Representation
Advertising
yr 10 b
Video Production: Emily & the Dragon
Video Production: Hoodies, Good or Bad?
The Work of Alfred Hitchcock.
Video Production: Creating Tension in Film
assessment
Controlled Assessment: Childrens Comics 10%
Controlled Assessment: Film Promotion 20%
yr 11
Thriller Trailer or Magazine
Topic for Final Exam: Exam Research & Practice
Revision & Exam Practice
 
Controlled Assessment: Either of the Above 30%
Final Exam 40%

a = first half of the term
b = second half of the term


FAQS

What are the aims of the course?

To help you to: Understand a range of media texts and the ways they are read and understood by different audiences. Develop a critical awareness of media representations of individuals, groups and issues Explore and represent your own ideas by developing practical production skills

What topics will I study?
Television, film, radio, popular music, newspapers, magazines, comics and the internet.

What examination will I take?
AQA GCSE Media Studies

What is involved in the examination?
There will be a Controlled Test at the end of the course. You will know the topic several months before the exam and will be allowed to use your research as you answer 4 questions.

What coursework will I have to complete?
You will have to complete 2 assignments and a Practical Production. This makes up 60% the examination mark.

What independent study will I have to undertake?
Over half of the course is assessed on coursework, you will be expected to do a considerable amount of independent work.

What career opportunities could the course help to give me?
This course will provide a foundation for AS/A Level Media Studies. There has been an explosion in media-related jobs over the last decade, with that trend likely to continue. This course will be helpful for careers such as journalism, public relations, advertising, broadcasting, TV and film work.

Resources

Year 10: Research for TV Crime Drama

BBC Drama
Love Film
Wikipedia
Media-Awareness

Year 11: Research for Action/Adventure Films

Wikipedia
Filmsite
Internet Movie Database
British Film Institute
Film Education
Top 10 Films

BBC and Film Education websites are among many websites that we use regularly.
Film editing is done on AppleMac computers using i-Movi

Media Studies Staff

Mr M Holt 
Head of Media Studies
Ms K Birch
Teacher of Media Studies