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Media GCSE at Biddenham Upper School and Sports College

Course description

Media Studies at GCSE level introduces ideas and practice to students who desire to understand the meanings behind the images seen in film, television, magazine and on e-media platforms. The focus for the students will be surrounding their pre-production/planning skills; which could entail storyboarding, poster design, print advertising design and scripting for film. television and radio. Secondly, they will look at putting this into practice with their production skills with will give the opportunity to create still images, use video/digital cameras and finally use editing techniques to produce finished products. Finally, evaluation skills will be demonstrated to effectively evaluate their production work in light of media practices.

As a candidate you will learn the four key concepts which form the basis of the subject content. This include media language : forms and conventions, institutions, audiences and representation. Looking at these areas will be supported by contemporary examples within the media to help with the students learning.


  • Written Exam : An hour and a half exam in May surrounding a pre-released topic which will be studied from Easter onward.
  • Controlled Assessments: These assessments will be started in September and consist of three assignments (introductory assignment; Cross Media assignment; Practical Production and Evaluation.)

The assessments for the controlled assessments allow the students to be as creative and develop their own ideas within a framework, which would be an ideal foundation for studies in Media into AS/A2 Level.

Future opportunities

The opportunities which are available for those students who study Media can lead to Higher education; Newspaper design; Magazine design; Journalism; Television production; Radio production; Marketing; Editing; 'New media' jobs; e media; Development; Teaching and Lecturing as well as many other vocations.

Further information

Course contact: Mr A Smith,

Examination Board: AQA

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Biddenham Upper School and Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2016

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