The Willink School

The Willink School

Mrs L Close Head of Department
Mr Ballantyne

GCSE Media Studies Year 10: Eduqas Year 11: AQA

We live in a world where we are surrounded by media messages – from video clips on your phone to TV ads, 24 hour news channels and blockbuster movies. Media Studies seeks to make sense of them all – what are they trying to communicate, how do we know we have been influenced, does the media reflect reality?

By analysing a wide range of media products you will increase your knowledge and understanding of communication, design, research, technology and creativity.

You will also learn the production skills and processes to make your own media products including video editing, photography, design and Photoshop.

In Year 10 students will study the following topics/units:

Term 1: - Introduction to Media Studies and Advertising (Quality Street and This Girl Can)
Term 2: - Film marketing and magazines (Bond, Pride and GQ)
Term 3: - Newspapers (The Guardian and The Sun)
Term 4: - Video Games and Music Video (Pokémon Go and Taylor Swift)
Term 5: - Music Artists, including online promotion (Pharrell Williams and Michael Jackson)
Term 6: - Radio (The Archers

The final grade is comprised of 70% final examination (two papers) and 30% coursework.

Revision material available on GCSE Bitesize

Please Click Here for the specification of the course. 

In Year 11 students will study the following topics/units (this year only, the current year 10 will follow a different path):
Term 1: - Preparation for Horror trailer
Term 2: - Editing and evaluation of Horror trailer
Term 3: - Understanding Serial Drama
Term 4: - Preparing case studies for Serial Drama exam
Term 5: - Revision, preliminary material available from 24th April.
Term 6: - Exam 4th June 2018 PM

The final grade is comprised of 60% coursework and 40% examination.
ZigZag Revision workbooks will be available after Christmas at £3.50. Some sections of GCSE Bitesize might be helpful for students. The specification for the course can be found here. We follow the Single Award.

Creative iMedia OCR

This practical course will give students the opportunity to gain understanding, knowledge and skills across the creative digital media sectors, e.g. moving image, video production, photography and digital publishing. It is aimed at students who enjoy practical and creative computer tasks and want to create digital content.

In Year 10 students will study the following topics/units:

Term 1: - Introduction to key concepts and Digital Graphics
Term 2: - Digital Graphics including Photoshop and preparation
Term 3: - Digital Graphics including legislation and creation
Term 4: - Preparation in Digital Photography
Term 5: - Digital Photography Photo shoots
Term 6: - Revision and coursework completion/improvements

In Year 11 students will study the following topics/units:

Each week, students will spend one lesson preparing for the Pre-Production examination they will sit. The rest of the lessons will be as follows: -

Term 1: - Digital Photography Evaluation and introduction to Digital Video
Term 2: - Digital Video preparation including understanding client briefs
Term 3: - Digital Video preparation including scripting and storyboarding
Term 4: - Digital Video coursework including filming and editing
Term 5: - Revision
Term 6: - Exam 6th June 2018 AM

At the end of the course, students will achieve a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction *. The final grade is comprised of 75% coursework (3 modules: Digital Graphics, Digital Photography and Digital Video) and one final examination for 25%.

A revision guide is available here.

A Level Media Studies Year 12 : Eduqas Year 13 : WJEC

At KS5, students have an opportunity to widen their understanding of the media landscape, exploring a variety of set texts and understanding what theories exist, including considering representation of gender, the way that audiences work and an understanding of institutional issues like regulation.

Media Studies is a great choice because it will help you to demonstrate a good understanding of the world around you, including understanding theories that have links with other subjects like Sociology and Psychology.

Media Studies naturally lends itself to university courses in media, film, journalism or marketing. Understanding how the media works can support careers such as social work, law and education.

Course Outline for Year 12

Students will be following the Eduqas course. We also offer the AS course.

On this course, students will study a variety of set texts and consider how context can have an impact on them. Students will be critically considering theorists, developing their own viewpoints on topics such as how far the Media has an effect on us and whether or not the Media can be accused of reinforcing negative stereotypes.

Students will take two examinations at the end of the course, worth 70%. They will also produce their own media texts, worth 30% of the qualification.

Course Outline for Year 13
Students are following the WJEC course.

- In MS3 (25% of the A-Level) students investigate a topic of their interest in the areas of representation, genre or narrative. Students will then use their findings to create their own media text.

- In MS4, (25% of the A-Level) students take an end of year examination covering three industries - Music Artists, Television and Film. Students are studying Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Alt-J, Stranger Things, The Great British Bake Off, Planet Earth II, Beauty and the Beast, I, Daniel Blake and the Dark Knight Rises.

Key dates

MS1:- 23rd May 2018 AM (resit only)
MS3 deadline:- 21st March 2018
MS4:- 4th June 2018 am