Media Studies (KS4)

Students will learn to develop their creative, analytical, research and communication skills, through exploring a range of media forms and perspectives. Students are required to study media products from various forms of media including television, film, radio, newspapers, online and social media, video games and music videos. The skills of inference, analysis and evaluation are vital as students are asked to explore how the media represents the world and portrays events, issues, individuals and social groups.

AQA GCSE Media Studies (8572)

Component 1: Written Exam 35%
Section A – Focus on media language and media representations.
Section B – Focus on media industries and media audiences.

Component 2: Written Exam 35%
Section A – Questions will be based on a television extract and students will be tested on the theoretical framework.
Section B – Questions will be based on either newspapers, online and social media or video games and students will be tested on the theoretical framework.

Component 3: Non-Exam Assessment (Coursework) 30%
Students will follow a brief set by AQA and will have to independently produce a statement of intent and a media product for an intended audience.

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