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Media Studies: Key Stage 4

Exam Board: OCR GCSE

Subject Content

This is a two year course leading to one GCSE. Students study a full range of media including television, advertising, film, magazines, internet and radio.

The course is designed to give them a broad understanding of the way the media impacts on and influences our lives. Students are taught to analyse and question what they see, not just accept it as fact.

They produce a piece of coursework which involves them analysing and comparing different texts for the way they portray themes such as gender and stereotyping.

Examples of this coursework include romantic comedy films, music videos.

They then produce a practical production for their second piece of coursework which involves them researching, planning, producing and evaluating their own media text.

Examples are creating an advertising campaign for a new product, the opening sequence of a new film, a magazine aimed at a specific audience.

Skills Taught

  • Identifying camera angles
  • Identifying editing techniques
  • Analysing mise-en-scene
  • Understanding denotation and connotation
  • Understanding generic conventions
  • Analysing representation
  • Understanding target audience
  • Analysing generic codes and conventions
  • Analysing editing and filming techniques in Action Adventure Films
  • Analysing unseen clips
  • Research into magazines and advertising 

Assessment Detail

The students sit an exam on two specified topics, currently these are Action Adventure Films and Television Comedy.

These exams test the students' knowledge and understanding of audiences and institutions.

The exams makes up 40% of the final grade.

There are two controlled assessments which make up 60% of the final grade.