Media Studies

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Welcome to the Media department.
Type of course:   GCSE (OCR)
How is the course assessed?
Written exam - 1 hour 45 minutes (includes 30 minutes to view a film clip)
Textual Analysis - 35%
Written exam - Exploring Media - 35%
Non exam assessment - Creating Media - 30%
What topics/ units will you study?
Component 1:  Learners must develop their ability to analyse extracts from audio/visual products. The form will be television and the genre will be an age appropriate crime drama.  The extract will be from a crime drama broadcast on one of the following channels: BBC1, BBC2, BBC4, ITV1, ITV4, C4, C5.      
Component 2:  Learners are required to undertake three in-depth studies of the specified media products.  The media forms that the specified products will cover are:    
Advertising and marketing
Online, social and participatory media
 Component 3:  Learners must work independently to research, plan and produce one individual media production in response to an OCR set brief from any one of the three following forms:  
Audio/visual media
Print media
Online media                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Who would this course suit? What skills do you need?
ICT skills would be an advantage and students will develop these as the course progresses. Having an enquiring and creative mind would also be beneficial. This is a course where skills are learnt and then applied which would suit those who enjoy making and producing. The ability to compare, contrast and analyse information and messages put forward by the media – film/TV/newspapers/adverts/online and question them by discussing communicating well in both written responses and own individual media product.
What trips/ activities will you be involved in?
With Media City and MUFC working with the academy, alongside the BBC School Report there are always opportunities to put learning in context. We also have Digital Leaders in the academy which would be something students on this course might be interested in.
What college courses/job opportunities would this help you follow in the future?
A Level Media/ICT/ Graphics  BTEC Media Level 3/ ICT/Graphics/Art/ Computer coding – job opportunities – teaching, journalism, film and TV industry, drama, radio production/computer games development/print production/coding/ among many others.
With a GCSE Media qualification students are able to explore, challenge and realise their potential. During the course, students can see whether the industry is one they want to be in, where they could go, and gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their next steps.  After completing the course, students can continue on to further vocational and academic study at level 2 and level 3, as well as apprenticeships and traineeships. What’s more, the transferable skills students master during their studies such as self-reflection, communication, teamwork and problem solving will also support their progress in the present and future.
How will this course help you to get a job?
GCSE Media is a springboard to most academic subjects. It is a practical course where skills are taught and then applied.  Students already know so much about the media which ensures the course is accessible on many levels. As stated above the transferable skills gained throughout the course will support progression.  Communication and interpreting the messages from the media relate to not only the media industry – but also to the graphic design, advertising, web design, teaching, business, hospitality amongst many others.
Who can you speak to for more information or if you have any questions?
Mrs Herbert in 2Me1.
What do students who are currently studying this subject think?
Jack Buckley, "It’s a very creative subject. I enjoy working creatively and am planning to go into web design.  This course has given me a huge advantage.”  
Chloe Wharton, “I enjoy creating and improving my work using the skills I have developed.”