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Media

Introduction to the Subject & Team

The BICTE faculty is staffed by a supportive, creative and imaginative team of teachers.:

Mr R Rhodes

Mr Robert Rhodes
(rrhodes@ossettacademy.co.uk)
CTL for Business, IT, Media, Economics & Computer Science

Our vision is to ensure all students reach their potential across the host of subjects on offer in the BICTE faculty. This can be through the use of practical, taught and real life experience. Students will be supported throughout their learning journey by caring, supportive teachers who will guide them towards success.

Course Content at Key Stage 4

Media One

What’s assessed?

Section A will focus on Media Language and Media Representations. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:

  • magazines
  • advertising and marketing
  • newspapers
  • online, social and participatory media and video games.

Section B will focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:

  • radio
  • music video
  • newspapers
  • online, social and participatory media and video games
  • film (industries only).

How it’s assessed…

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 84 marks
  • 35% of GCSE

 

Media Two

What’s assessed?

Section A will be based on a screening from an extract of one of the television Close Study Products and can test any area of the theoretical framework.

Section B will be based on either newspapers or online, social and participatory media and video games and can test any area of the framework.

How it’s assessed…

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 84 marks
  • 35% of GCSE

 

Non-exam assessment: Creating a media product

What’s assessed?

  • Application of knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework.
  • Ability to create media products.

How it’s assessed…

  • A choice of one of five annually changing briefs, set by AQA.
  • 60 marks
  • 30% of GCSE
  • Assessed by teachers
  • Moderated by AQA.

Career Opportunities and Progression within the Subject

Hoping for a career in the exciting, innovative and competitive entertainment and media industries? GCSE Media Studies will give you a great head start. GCSE Media Studies provides a good foundation for further study of Media Studies. It is a great choice for people considering a career in the media, advertising and marketing.

How Parents Can Support Learning

  • Children will have a wide range of resources available on the academy’s VTLE page for you to review and provide support.
  • Parents can take an interest in the child’s homework and ensure that they are spending an appropriate amount of time on it.
  • Encourage the child if possible to practise the skills that have been developed in their lessons.
  • During exam season, parents can help their child to create a revision timetable which includes specific revision activities to complete.
  • Parents can encourage their children to engage with a wide range of media text across broadcast, print and e-media platforms.
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