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Key Stage 4 Summary

At Key Stage 4 students can choose Media Studies GCSE as one of their options.

We follow the OCR examination board specification (www.ocr.org.uk/Images/82322-specification).

Students currently taking the GCSE follow the course structure below:

The Individual Media Studies Portfolio – 30% of award

Controlled assessment (approx. 50 hours) – analysing the representation of gender in advertising and creating a marketing campaign.

Production Portfolio in Media Studies – 30% of award

Controlled assessment (approx. 50 hours) – researching, planning and creating an opening sequence to a horror movie.

Textual Analysis (Moving Image) and Media Studies Topic (Television Comedy) – 40% of award

Two hour externally examined written paper. The first section focusses on generic codes and conventions, technical construction and representation in the Action/Adventure genre. The second considers the institutional aspects of television comedies and the pleasures they offer audiences.

Although still awaiting accreditation from Ofqual, a draft of the new specification (for first teaching in September 2017) can be found here: www.ocr.org.uk/Images/316659-specification-draft-gcse-media-studies-j200

Key Stage 5 Summary

Currently, at Key Stage 5 students can choose Media Studies as an AS or A2 as one of their options. We follow the OCR examination board specification (www.ocr.org.uk/Images/81037-specification).

Students currently taking the AS or A2 follow the course structure below:

AS:

Foundation Portfolio in Media – 50% of AS, 25% of A Level

Coursework (approx. 50 hours) – researching, planning, filming and editing an opening sequence for an original film.

Key Media Concepts – 50% of AS, 25% of A Level

Two hour externally examined written paper. The first section focusses on analysing the representation of social demographics in television dramas screened in the UK. The second considers the impact of digitalisation on the institutions and audiences of the music industry.

A2:

Advanced Portfolio in Media –25% of A Level

Coursework (approx. 60 hours) – researching, planning and creating a marketing campaign for an original album including a music video, digipak, magazine advert and website.

Critical Perspectives in Media –25% of A Level

Two hour externally examined written paper. The first section focuses on evaluating students’ practical production work through the lens of aspects such as genre, audience and creativity. The second considers the impact of the internet on the media through contemporary case studies and diverse critical theory.

Although still awaiting accreditation from Ofqual, a draft of the new A-Level specification (for first teaching in September 2017) can be found here: www.ocr.org.uk/Images/316672-specification-draft-a-level-gce-media-studies-h409

We will only be teaching A Level and not AS from this date.

Useful Links

Bridge Media Studies YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqu6VHIL5G0cl8RDeoWIQPA

Here you can find examples of final projects as well as an abundance of planning material.

Key Stage 4:

GCSE examination exemplars: www.ocr.org.uk/Images/173744-unit-b322-exemplar-answers-from-june-2013-with-commentaries

GCSE revision resources: P:\Media Studies\GCSE revision resources

Key Stage 5:

AS examination exemplars: www.ocr.org.uk/Images/284844-as-level-exemplar-candidate-work-unit-g322

A2 exam exemplars: www.ocr.org.uk/Images/286030-a2-level-exemplar-candidate-work-unit-g325

Year 12 PLCs and coursework assessment sheets: P:\Media Studies\PLCs\Year 12

Year 13 PLCs and coursework assessment sheets: P:\Media Studies\PLCs\Year 13

AS revision resources: P:\Media Studies\AS revision resources

A2 revision resources: P:\Media Studies\A2 revision resources

Principal:
Mr Chris Brown

Vice Principals:
Kelly Harris (KS3)
Paddy Cassidy (KS4)
Alison Underwood (Sixth Form)
Jennifer Evans

Finance &
Resources Director:

Ken Robb