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The Willink School

The Willink School

Media - Mrs L Close Head of Department
Mr Ballantyne, Mrs Hobbs


GCSE MEDIA STUDIES

Course Outline – including curriculum time and homework time

Exam board is AQA. Revision workbooks Zigzag £2.50 

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.

Six lessons per fortnight and homework.

Breakdown – coursework, exam percentage

The qualification is split into two units. Unit 1: Investigating the Media (40%) is a written exam based on a pre-released case study explored during the four weeks leading up to the exam. Unit 2: Understanding the Media (60%) is made up of three practical assignments which are set by the exam board. These include two exploratory assignments and one Production and Evaluation.

CREATIVE iMEDIA

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.

Breakdown – coursework, exam percentage

The Cambridge Nationals Level 2 Certificate in Creative iMedia is a vocational qualification equivalent to a GCSE and is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

COMPULSORY UNITS

Pre-production Skills (Written Exam) – researching and planning digital media projects.

Creating Digital Graphics (Coursework) – use Photoshop to create a range of digital products.

OPTIONAL COURSEWORK UNITS (at least two will be studied)

  • - Create a digital video sequence
  • - Digital Photography
  • - Designing a game concept
  • - Creating interactive multimedia products