Media Studies GCSE

(equivalent to one GCSE)


A broad introduction to key concepts and debates in media, with a chance to develop some practical skills.

This course is designed to encourage students to be inspired, moved and challenged by media issues by 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.

Course details

What are the entry requirements?

You will require an average overall GCSSE grade of 3, based on best eight entries with at least two grade 4s.

How will I be assessed?

Component Topics Assessment Method %
Exploring the Media
  • Magazines 
  • Marketing (film posters)
  • Newspapers
  • Print advertisements
Exam 40%
Understanding Media Forms and Products
  • Television 
  • Music Videos 
  • Online Media 
Exam 30%

Creating Media Products

  • Individual Media Production 
  • Response to set brief
Non-Exam Assessment 30%

What extra work can I do?

Reading as much of and as varied as you can – and not only books look out for relevant articles in the press. The College library has an excellent collection of media/film books and magazines 

Research for assignments - books, magazines, newspapers, Internet, etc. 

What skills will I learn?

  • Critical thinking and decision-making skills through the study of media texts, audiences and institutions.
  • Practical skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity.
  • Understanding how to use media key concepts to analyse media texts and their contexts.

What is the department like?

We are housed in classrooms equipped with PCs with desktop publishing and radio editing software. In addition, there is a media workshop, equipped with high-quality digital cameras and editing facilities. There are typically around 300 students studying media or film courses. The pass rates are good and the majority of film and media students achieve a good grade. The teaching incorporates a variety of approaches designed to suit different abilities and learning styles and we endeavour to arrange visits, trips and speakers to enrich the learning experience.

Future Careers and Progression

What are the progression routes for this qualification?

Students on this course can progress to a wide range of AS, A level and BTEC courses offered at the College. The BTEC (Level 3) in Creative Media Production may be of particular interest.

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