GCSE Media Studies


What students need to bring to lessons:

- Pencil cases

- Homework will be set weekly except during controlled conditions assessments
- Photographs – students will sometimes choose to take images for their coursework out of lesson time

GCSE Media Studies is composed of three units. One is examined and the other two are coursework units. In this course, students study these media forms: television, film, advertisements, magazines and multi-media technology. Students look at how they are produced, what they mean and for whom they are intended. They will learn about them from analysing media texts, researching on their own and producing their own media texts.



Examination Paper B322 (worth 40% of the GCSE):

Section A: Students watch an extract from an action adventure movie in the examination and answer questions based on representation, camera work, sound, editing and mise-en-scene.


Section B: Students study two TV comedies from different TV channels. The examination questions are based on audience and institution. Students should be prepared to explain which pleasures the comedies offer to audiences and explain their scheduling.



Coursework Portfolio B321 (worth 30% of the GCSE):


This unit is based on the teen movie genre and includes three elements:

- An essay comparing two teen movies
- A practical assignment making two posters for a new teen movie
- The research, planning and evaluation of the posters



Coursework Portfolio B324 (worth 30% of the GCSE):

This unit is based on magazines and includes three elements:

- The research and planning of a new magazine for a targeted audience
- The creation of 4/5 pages of a new magazine (front cover, contents/editorial page(s) and a double page spread article.
- The evaluation of the magazine pages created


GCSE Coursework Deadlines:

- B321 - mid October
- B324 – mid February

Purchase of a textbook is not a requirement of the course. However some students have requested relevant textbook details:

- OCR Media Studies for GCSE, Eileen Lewis (Hodder ISBN: 9780340983416)

- GCSE Specification