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Media Studies (Single Award) GCSE at Christ The King College

Course description

Media Studies attracts students because of its ability to make learning interesting, relevant to the lives of young people and because it allows students to be creative. It offers rigorous but accessible learning on a subject of key importance for young people and helps them to understand the world they experience. GCSE Media Studies (single award) is worth one GCSE.

Course content

With extensive links with local and national media outlets, the course offers students the opportunity to meet professionals currently working in the industry, as well as possible work experience placements and visits to working newsrooms and studios.
The controlled assessment element of the course allows students to work independently on a variety of projects, from the research and planning stages right through to the production and evaluation.


Controlled Assessment Task - 60%
During Year 10 and Year 11, students will undertake a variety of practical production tasks, from research and planning through to production and evaluation, which will prepare them for the three assignments that make up the controlled assessment task. Two of these tasks will be completed in Year 10, with the third, and largest of the tasks, being completed in Year 11. Topics for the controlled assessment task will include magazines, film and advertising and marketing, which allow students to experience a wide range of media and to find the areas of the media industry that suit them.
Written Examination - 40%
At the end of Year 11, students will undertake a one 1hour 30mins examination that tests their knowledge and understanding of different media, based on a pre-released topic.

Future opportunities

GCSE Media Studies offers direct access to AS/A2 Level Media Studies, and will assist your entry into a wide range of Further and Higher Education courses. Career opportunities are broad but include journalism, publishing, advertising, web design and television and film production.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 07 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years