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Media Studies and Film Studies GCSE at Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

1)   Media Studies GCSE (OCR)

The OCR Media Studies GCSE offers a mixture of practical and written units. Students will develop their enquiry, critical thinking and decision-making skills through the study of audiences and institutions and media texts (magazines and TV comedy), and their practical skills through the design and production of print and video artefacts.

2)   Film Studies GCSE (WJEC)

The WJCE Film Studies GCSE is designed to develop students’ interest and enjoyment of film in its national and global contexts and also to begin to develop an appreciation of cultural diversity through the close study of a wide range of films. The course is a mixture of analytical written work and practical production.

Course content

1)   Media Studies GCSE (OCR)

1.    Students produce an individual portfolio of work which contains and analytical assignment, a practical production task and a planning and evaluative commentary.

2.    There is a written examination where in section A students respond to an extract from an unseen lifestyle magazine and in section B they answer questions on institution and audience through the study of television comedy.

3.    Students work together or individually to create a major practical production including evidence of their own research and planning and evaluation of their finished product

2)   Film Studies GCSE (WJEC)

1.    A first examination containing four compulsory questions based on one film genre assessing the knowledge and understanding of film language and key industry and audience issues.

2.    A second examination exploring film outside Hollywood containing three compulsory questions on a film studied by the candidate from a list supplied by the examination board.

3.    A controlled assessment comprising an exploration into a film of the candidate’s own choice and a practical production consisting of four tasks: (i & ii) a pitch and preproduction for a new film (iii) the practical production of artefacts for this film (iv) an evaluative analysis.

Entry requirements

All Level 2 students must have 4 grade D passes or equivalent and basic numeracy and literacy skills. 

An interest in the subject to be studied and the willingness to undertake independent study is essential.

Future opportunities

Level 3 courses or jobs in:

  • Media Studies/Cambridge Technical in Media
  • Media Production
  • Broadcast Media (TV and Radio)
  • Journalism
  • Photography
  • Web Design
  • English
  • Sociology
  • Politics 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015
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