Media

Welcome to the Media Department at King’s. On this page you will find key information about the course that we offer, as well as useful links to relevant websites that support the course.

• Miss K Marshall – Subject Team Leader
• Miss E Groves – Teacher of Media & English
• Mrs A Fowler -Teacher of Media & English

Media Studies is a very important subject, ultimately combining, amongst others, aspects of Politics, Sociology, History and Economics. It encourages creativity, teaches analytical skills and introduces students to critical ways of thinking about the world around them. These talents are highly valued by schools and universities. It also teaches practical skills used widely in the media industry and students have the opportunity to learn such things as video and audio editing and learn the theory behind, before implement key design principals used in marketing, publishing and a whole host of other

Media studies is taught at Key Sage 4 and has recently changed from a 2 year to a 3 year course. It consists of a combination of controlled assessment (coursework – 60%) and one exam (40%) which the students sit at the end of their course in Year 11. At the end of the course the students will gain one GCSE in Media Studies, graded from A*-G.

In addition to helping students acquire subject knowledge, this specification:

• Develops critical thinking and decision-making skills
• Develops appreciation and critical understanding of the role of the media in daily life
• Combines practical and theoretical knowledge and skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity
• Encourages an understanding of how to use key media concepts to analyse media products and their various contexts
• Prepares students for study in a range of disciplines at National

It is hoped that in the near future, Media Studies will also be taught to students in Key Stage 3

GCSE 2017/2018

Media studies is taught at Key Stage 4 and is a 3 year course. It consists of a combination of controlled assessment (coursework – 60%) and one exam (40%) which the students sit at the end of their course in Year 11. At the end of the course the students will gain one GCSE in Media Studies, graded from A*-G.

In addition to helping students acquire subject knowledge, this specification:

• Develops critical thinking and decision-making skills
• Develops appreciation and critical understanding of the role of the media in daily life
• Combines practical and theoretical knowledge and skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity
• Encourages an understanding of how to use key media concepts to analyse media products and their various contexts
• Prepares students for study in a range of disciplines at National

GCSE 2019 (First teaching Sept 2017)

Teaching of the exciting new specification begins September 2017.

The Exam: 70% of GCSE

Paper 1: Written exam

-1 hour 30 minutes

– 84 marks

– 35% of GCSE

Questions types:

-Multiple choice questions assessing breadth of knowledge

-Short answer questions assessing in depth knowledge

-An extended response question assessing in depth knowledge.

Paper 2: Written exam

-1 hour 30 minutes

-84 marks

-35% of GCSE

Questions types:

-Multiple choice questions assessing breadth of knowledge of language

-Short answer questions assessing in depth knowledge of language

-Stepped response questions assessing breadth of knowledge of language

-Extended response questions assessing in depth knowledge of all elements of the media studies course.

Controlled Assessment

-30% of GCSE

-A choice of topics related to the over-arching (annually changing) theme

-72 marks

-Assessed by teachers

-Moderated by AQA

-Tasks: Students produce a statement of intent and a media product for an intended audience.

For students in Years 10 and 11, students can also use lunchtimes and time after school to work on their GCSE assignments, using the many resources that King’s has to offer.
In Year 9, 10 AND 11, home learning will be based primarily on exam style questions for GCSE subjects, and will be set in accordance with the home learning timetable. For both Year 10 and 11 some research tasks for controlled assessments can be carried out at home, and students will be given clear deadlines for this work to be completed.
This specification follows a linear structure and is a Single Award, worth one GCSE, awarded by the AQA exam board.
GCSE Media Studies has two units, broken down into the following parts:

Unit 1: Investigating the Media
Written Paper – 1 hour 30 minutes – 60 marks – 40% – Externally Assessed. This exam is based on a pre-released topic (changed annually) with guidance and stimulus. It is made up of four tasks and is examined at the end of the course.

Unit 2: Understanding the Media
Controlled Assessment taken from banks of set assignments – 90 marks – 60% – Internally Assessed. This assessment is broken down into three assignments: An Introductory assignment; a Cross-media assignment; and a Practical Production assignment which includes an Evaluation.

Media Studies is a very important subject that will teach you aspects of Politics, Sociology, History and Economics, amongst other things, through evaluative tasks, design work and production of media products such as magazines and film trailers.

It is creative to its core and not only will you design and make a range of media products, you will also learn how to analyse the media and be introduced to critical ways of thinking about the world around you. These talents are highly valued by schools, colleges and future employers alike!

If you take Media Studies you will learn practical skills using software designed to edit such things as video, audio and imagery. You will not just be taught how to use the software, but also how to design effectively, learning the theory behind key design principals and then how to put these into practice with a wide selection of practical and creative activities!

There is written work involved too, which includes analysing media texts in a similar way to how texts are evaluated in English.

The four key concepts that are investigated in depth are:

L anguage

I ndustries

A udience

R epresentation

We are currently working closely with New College in order to strengthen the media subject at King’s and offer advice and guidance to students wanting to pursue the subject further. We hope to visit the college and invite key members of their teaching staff to talk to the students and provide relevant workshops in order to develop their knowledge and skills and strengthen the partnership between the two establishments.

Prospectus

Please click here to download a pdf version of our School Prospectus.