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Media GCSE at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Course description

Media Language: You will analyse and evaluate a range of media texts and the
conventions of different genres.
Audience: You will examine different types of audiences and discuss the appeal of
media texts.
Institutions: You will develop an understanding of the relationship between media
industries, technologies, products and audiences.
Representation: You will develop an awareness of media representations of individuals, groups and issues and how this impacts on our understanding of different texts.

Entry requirements

If you have any interest in TV, films, the Internet, music, or magazines then this is the
course for you. You get to explore all of these and consider how and why texts are
made. Media shares skills with courses such as Art, Photography and ICT as well as
English. So if you enjoy any of these subjects then you may find Media is right up your



Coursework Folder: You will complete two written pieces of coursework on Genre,
Representation and Narrative, as well as a production piece using industry standard
software on our bank of iMac computers.
Examination: There is one examination covering analysis of an unseen media text and
creative tasks involving planning and designing media products.

Future opportunities

This course is a good foundation for AS Media as well as providing you with practical
and analytical skills, which can be used as you progress onto A Levels or a Diploma


Further information

Contact Name: Sam Rouse Curriculum Leader - Arts
Contact Email:


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: MDGC-DJA119
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