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Media Studies GCSE at Weatherhead High 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

Taking Media Studies will provide you with the opportunity to study a variety of media texts such as films, television programmes, radio, magazines, newspapers and adverts by investigating the impact of narratives, locations, settings, characters and editing. In addition, you will analyse how the media represent people, places, race and gender as well as studying the organisations that produce media texts such as the BBC and Sky television. You will also explore the controls placed upon the media for example, censorship e.g. The British Board of Film Classification and The Press Complaints Commission.
Studying the media helps you to understand the world you live in. It encourages you not to simply accept what you are told but to question why media texts have been made and to look at the power of organisations that made them. Media develops creativity and communication skills; practical and group work encourages pupils to contribute and explore their ideas.
Media Studies combines creative, academic, practical and technical skills and knowledge.


GCSE Media is started in Year 9 and GCSE in Year 10.
The course is 50% written examination and 50% coursework, which consists of three assignments:
1) Textual analysis , comparing two texts, for example film posters for the recent Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , and the 1971 film Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory:
2) Pre-production, the planning/design for a practical project: a new magazine front cover and contents page;
3) A practical project, designing and producing a new CD and a poster to promoite it.

Future opportunities

  • You can develop your skills further by doing AS Media or Film Studies.
  • A qualification in Media Studies can lead to jobs in the following professions: marketing and advertising; print and publishing; tourism; fashion and clothing; music; media and photography; computers and IT, management and law.

Further information

  • You will be given the opportunity to work with one of Weatherhead's three Media Demonstrators to develop your skills in radio, video or animation.
  • There are a number of media based extra curricular activities that you could join to enhance your learning and develop your skills, for example, Ice Radio.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weatherhead High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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