Students can choose to take GCSE Media Studies in Years 10 and 11. The coursework element makes up 60% and the external exam makes up 40%. The course is designed to give students the opportunity to examine how media is presented across different platforms; news, print, web based, etc. It inspires students to be inquisitive and to develop their writing and
The coursework (60%) is broken up into three pieces. The first two pieces are completed in year 10 and the final piece in completed in the Autumn/Winter of year 11. The total word count for all coursework requires approximately 2000 words. Therefore, there is a certain amount of literacy required to complete the coursework. Independent thinking is also crucial as there has to be a certain amount of creativity.
The course is suitable for students pursuing a wide range of careers/studies such as education, law, politics, health and social care, business, etc. It provides an atmosphere for critical thinking and to question the status quo. Throughout the course various films/programs will be viewed that may be controversial. Parents will be given the opportunity to grant permission for this.
Media Studies examines what we consume on a daily basis. Everything from advertising, self-esteem, publicity, and politics, social and local issues will be discussed. Students will be kept to strict timetables for coursework deadlines and will be expected to fully contribute to the course.