Media Studies

Our intention in Media: Through exposure to the great works of culture, we intend to create perceptive readers, articulate speakers and compelling writers who, via the exploration of the great moral questions of humanity, grow to be inquisitive, thoughtful and fully contributing members of society.

Media at Marriotts School

At Marriotts School, students have the opportunity to choose Media Studies as a GCSE option and are then able to continue to study at A Level. In both key stages, students are able to develop their analytical skills focusing on audience, representations and industry within the media. They are also required to complete production work that allows them to be creative and innovative. Media Studies suits students who wish to enhance their creativity and knowledge of media through a wide range of media texts such as analysing film trailers, television programmes and advertising across print media.

Media Studies is a very beneficial and interesting subject. People who have studied Media Studies have gone on to careers in the following areas: journalism, publishing, media and television, film production, broadcasting, advertising and market research .Media Studies can be seen as a cross-curricular subject, as it ‘dips’ into many areas such as Sociology, Communication Studies and even Psychology making it a good subject A Level subject that can help with a wide range of university course and subjects.

GCSE Media

The GCSE course begins at the end of Year 9, with students beginning to study the set exam texts and the key theories needed. Throughout the course, students are able to study key media language required for the exam and the Non-Exam Assessment allowing them to explore some of the key concepts, such as representation and historical contexts in detail. Students will also be required to form ideas and opinions (as an audience) and justify their points and opinions which leads to greater analysis and evaluation of media texts.

How will this course be assessed?

Component 1: Exploring the Media Written examination exploring representations, audiences and institutions: 1 hour 30 minutes 40%
Component 2: Understanding Media Forms and Products Written examination focusing on TV and music video set text: 1 hour 30 minutes 30%
Component 3: Creating Media Products Non-Exam Assessment/coursework based on a brief given by exam board 30%

Homework/Private Study

In Media Studies, students are given regular homework issued and collected on a set day to help students with organisation.

In Years 9, 10 and 11, each week students have either an aspect of their Knowledge Organiser to memorise for an in-class quiz the following week or an unseen Media text to respond to annotate and analyse. Both these homework tasks are to enable students to be more prepared for the GCSE exams at the end of Year 11 where they will be required to understand key media terms and theories and analyse and compare an unseen media text.

A Level Media

The A Level course lasts for 2 years and with this being a linear course, the exams are in the summer of the second year. Throughout the 2 year course you will study a range of media theories and concepts over a variety of media platforms that link specifically to exam focused texts and briefs. This course will require further independent reading on a variety of theories and debates, such as gender issues, structuralism and post-modernism and apply them to the set media texts studied. You will also be required to complete the Non-Exam Assessment that will consist of a cross-media production (production across 2 platforms) based on a brief supplied by the exam board. There are 2 exams worth a total of 70% and coursework work a total of 30% of the A Level.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Meanings and Representations in the Media 2 hr 15 min exam 35%
Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth 2 hr 30 min exam 35%
Component 3: Cross-Media Production Non-Exam Assessment 30%

What are the subject requirements?

Ideally you need a GCSE 6 in English Language; however, if you have GCSE5 and a willingness to work hard and do your best, then you may be welcomed on to the course.

Homework/Private Study

As with any A level qualification you will be required to do on average six hours of private study each week. This will include completing tasks such as undertaking research and preparations for productions tasks, and completing detailed analysis on media concepts and platforms.