Examination Board: AQA

Specification: GCSE Media Studies


Description of Course

The course is designed to offer students insight and practical skills for use in the media industries. GCSE Media Studies offers the opportunity for practical and creative work complimented by theoretical studies. Year 10 is divided into two investigative projects (controlled assessments): Film and the Moving Image and The Magazine & Newspaper Industry. In Year 11 students complete their final investigation: Marketing & Advertising. The exam topic is also studied during the final year of study (as set by AQA). For 2016, the exam topic for Unit 1 is TV Game Shows. Throughout the course of study students use a range of creative technologies in the planning and production of their ‘projects’. Media Studies has a dedicated suite of iMacs for students’ use.


How Will You Learn

Lessons are varied with a balance of media production and media analysis/theory. The course is designed to build progression and familiarity with the technologies.

  • You will be expected to discuss, plan and write about media texts.
  • You will be expected to plan and create media texts.
  • You will use a range of creative software such as Photoshop and Final Cut.

It is essential that you have an interest in the media, have creative ambitions and be are willing to engage with the active making of media texts.


Method of Assessment

  • Unit 1: An Investigation – as prescribed by the exam board (examination 40%)
  • Unit 2: 3 Production and 3 linked Investigations (Coursework 60%)


Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

Students who have chosen the creative media as a route have recently taken places to study:

  • Film studies at Bath University.
  • Gaming Design at Portsmouth University.
  • Journalism at Cardiff University.
  • Film and Media Studies at Bristol University.

Of course there are post 16 opportunities here to study Media at A level.

Career Routes

There are many pathways forward through to Further Education and Higher Education.

Career possibilities include:

  • Television Production
  • Screenwriting
  • Film Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Game Design
  • Creative Media


Pupil comments

‘This is great. It is harder than I thought at first. I really like using the iMacs and the creative software’ (student A). ‘If you think you’re going to sit and watch films this is not the course for you. I really was surprised at the depth there is in the films we studied. I’ll never look at film in the same way again’ (student B). ‘It’s brilliant. It really makes you think about what we watch and play’ (student C).



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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
PL14 3EA

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