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
Areas of representation could include:
- 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:
- film genres
- popular music
- talk radio
- soap opera
- sport and the media
- video games
Unit B322: Textual Analysis and Media Studies Topic (Moving Image)
40% of the total GCSE
1 hour 45 minutes written paper
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.
Unit B323: Textual Analysis and Media Studies Topic (Print)
40% of the total GCSE
1hour 45 minutes written paper
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.