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Media Studies GCSE at West Kirby Grammar School

Course description

Qualification :General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board :Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC)
Category :Media and Communication - Arts, Media and Publishing

Course content

What does the course involve?

Media Studies will help you to develop your reading skills through looking at a wide range of texts. You will have to learn the skills of media analysis and then be able to apply these skills to a range of print, audio and moving image texts.

You will learn how to write at length about text producers' intentions regarding different texts and you will have to engage readily with the concepts of: purpose, audience, genre (types of text), narrative (structures of text), representation (how people and places are depicted in the media) and learn about the way media institutions are organised and run.

During the course, you will study a huge range of different media texts including:

magazine articles,
newspaper articles,
radio programmes,
television in all its forms including documentary and broadcast news,
internet websites,
film posters,
comic strips,
computer games,
pop music video.



During the course your teacher will assess work in accordance with criteria which are made clear to you. You will be given regular opportunity to reflect on your own performance.

Media Studies: 50% examination
50% coursework

Coursework consists of three pieces of work: an in-depth analysis of a text, pre production notes for a product of the student's choice and a media product of some kind (print, audio or moving image).

Further information

Other information

Coursework has to be completed independently and is not teacher-led. Teachers act as supervisors but students MUST be happy working on their own and following through their own ideas. Only students who have a real interest in and KNOWLEDGE of the range of media mentioned above should opt for this course.

This course will be supplemented by a programme of reading groups. All pupils opting for this subject will become a part of a reading group which will meet on a half termly basis to discuss a novel of the group's choosing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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