At Key Stage 4 the Eduqas GCSE Media Studies is taught over two years and consists of three units in total; Exploring Media Language and Representation, Understanding Media Forms and Products and Creating Media Products. GCSE Media Studies offers learners the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of a range of key issues such as: the important role media plays in society and culture; its potential to shape our perceptions of the world; the economic importance of the media and the impact of technological developments on the media industry and the audience. Through studying both established and evolving media forms, learners will gain a real awareness of the role of the media in society and culture.
During Year 10 learners will be introduced to a theoretical framework for analysing the media and they will explore a range of media products from different historical periods in order to gain a real awareness of the role of the media in society and culture. Learners will draw on their existing experience of the media, but will also extend their appreciation and critical understanding through the study of products with which they may be less familiar, including products for different audiences from different periods of time.
In Year 11 learners will be taught the fundamental relationship between theoretical understanding and practical work and they will have the opportunity to develop their media production skills. Learners will apply and develop their knowledge and understanding of media language and representation in relation to media forms and products, and become creators of meaning themselves. They will be offered a choice of briefs and forms within which to work, enabling them to explore and pursue their own media interests.
The GCSE Media course is assessed by 2 written exams worth 70% of the overall grade and coursework (non-examined assessment),which is worth 30% of the overall grade.
Unit 1: Section A: Exploring Media Language and Representation assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following print media forms: magazines, marketing (film posters), newspapers, or print advertisements.
Section B: Exploring Media Industries and Audiences assesses two of the following media forms: film, newspapers, radio, video games. This exam is worth 40% of the overall GCSE grade.
Unit 2: Understanding Media Forms and Products assesses all areas of the theoretical framework and contexts of the media in relation to television and music. This exam is worth 30% of the overall GCSE grade.
Unit 3: Creating Media Products is a non-examined assessment unit worth 30% of the overall GCSE grade. Leaners are given the opportunity to create an individual media production for an intended audience in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, applying their knowledge and understanding of media language and representation