Media

Qualification Achievable

1 GCSE

Subject Leader: Mrs E Green

Students will study for the OCR GCSE in Media Studies J526 qualification.

The aims of this course are to encourage students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study, whilst gaining an insight into a broad range of media. It also aims to prepare candidates to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

This course will enable students to:

  • develop enquiry, critical thinking and decision-making skills through the study of media texts, audiences and institutions
  • develop their appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in their daily lives
  • develop their practical skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity
  • understand how to use media key concepts to analyse media texts and their contexts. 

Unit B321 – The Individual Media Studies Portfolio

This is a controlled assessment unit, 25–30 hours, internally assessed and externally moderated. 120 marks, 30% of the total GCSE marks. 

Candidates produce an individual portfolio containing a comparative analytical assignment, a production exercise and a planning and evaluative commentary. The comparative analytical assignment is based on at least two media texts from a selection of set topics produced by OCR. 

This unit focuses on comparative analysis and enables the candidates to demonstrate their understanding of the following media key concepts:

  • media language
  • representation 

Areas of representation could include:

  • gender
  • age
  • ethnicity
  • sexuality
  • class and status
  • regional or national identity
  • physical ability/disability 

It also offers candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in planning, construction and evaluation through the production exercise. 

The following topics are offered:

  • documentaries
  • film genres
  • popular music
  • celebrity
  • talk radio
  • soap opera
  • sport and the media
  • news
  • advertising
  • video games 

Unit B322: Textual Analysis and Media Studies Topic (Moving Image)

40% of the total GCSE

1 hour 45 minutes written paper

80 marks

This is an examined unit where candidates in Section A analyse and respond to a short, unseen moving image extract

In Section B, candidates answer questions based on Institution and Audience through the study of Television Comedy and/ or Radio Comedy texts chosen by centres.

OR 

Unit B323: Textual Analysis and Media Studies Topic (Print)

40% of the total GCSE

1hour 45 minutes written paper

80 marks

This is an examined unit where candidates in Section A analyse and respond to an unseen print extract

In Section B, candidates answer questions based on Institution and Audience through the study of Television Comedy and/or Radio Comedy texts chosen by centres. 

Unit B324: Production Portfolio in Media Studies

This is a controlled assessment unit, 25-30 hours, internally assessed and externally moderated.

120 marks, 30% of the total GCSE marks

Candidates can either work individually or in groups to produce a major practical production from a selection of set briefs. Within this, each individual produces their own evidence of research and planning alongside an individual evaluation of their finished product.