Media Studies

Subject Teacher:  Mr M Hodkinson

Qualification Achievable  1 GCSE

This course is currently offered to Students in Year 11.

Students will study for the OCR GCSE in Media Studies J526 qualification.

The aims of this course are to encourage students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study, whilst gaining an insight into a broad range of media. It also aims to prepare candidates to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

This course will enable students to:

• develop enquiry, critical thinking and decision-making skills through the study of media texts, audiences and institutions

• develop their appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in their daily lives

• develop their practical skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity

• understand how to use media key concepts to analyse media texts and their contexts.

Unit B321 – The Individual Media Studies Portfolio

This is a controlled assessment unit, 25–30 hours, internally assessed and externally moderated. 120 marks, 30% of the total GCSE marks.

Candidates produce an individual portfolio containing a comparative analytical assignment, a production exercise and a planning and evaluative commentary.  The comparative analytical assignment is based on at least two media texts from a selection of set topics produced by OCR.

This unit focuses on comparative analysis and enables the candidates to demonstrate their understanding of the following media key concepts:

• media language

• representation

Areas of representation could include:

• gender

• age

• ethnicity

• sexuality

• class and status

• regional or national identity

• physical ability/disability

It also offers candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in planning, construction and evaluation through the production exercise.

The following topics are offered:

• film genres

• popular music

• celebrity

• sport and the media

• news

• advertising

• video games

Unit B322: Textual Analysis and Media Studies Topic (Moving Image)

40% of the total GCSE

1 hour 45 minutes written paper

80 marks

This is an examined unit where candidates in Section A analyse and respond to a short, unseen moving image extract.

In Section B, candidates answer questions based on Institution and Audience through the study of Television Comedy and/ or Radio Comedy texts chosen by centres.

Unit B324: Production Portfolio in Media Studies

This is a controlled assessment unit, 25-30 hours, internally assessed and externally moderated.

120 marks, 30% of the total GCSE marks

Candidates can either work individually or in groups to produce a major practical production from a selection of set briefs. Within this, each individual produces their own evidence of research and planning alongside an individual evaluation of their finished product.