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Media Studies (Double 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. The double award course offers extensive and meaningful coverage of media theory and practice, as well as practical work which integrates theories and concepts.

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. The double award offers students more choice and scope in terms of their controlled assessment tasks. This course is worth two GCSEs.


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, allowing them to explore different media forms and platforms. For Unit 2 (30%), students will complete two of these tasks 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. Unit 4 (30%) allows students to produce a fully realised production and evaluation for a 'client', working to a set brief (changed annually).
Written Examination - 40%
At the end of Year 11, students will undertake two 1hour 30mins examinations that tests their knowledge and understanding of different media. Unit 1 (20%) is based on a pre-released topic (changed annually) and unit 3 (20%) requires students to respond to a previously unseen media stimulus.

Future opportunities

GCSE Media Studies (Double Award) 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