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Media Studies

 

Year 11

What will pupils study this year?

1 Year Delivery Model

Pupils will complete the GCSE Media Studies qualification in a one-year model. The examination board for these qualifications is AQA and pupils are required to complete three pieces of coursework, which are collectively worth 60% of the overall grade and then sit an exam at the end of the year (based on preliminary materials distributed four weeks prior to assessment) worth 40% of the overall grade. The results of these assessments will be graded A- G.

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Moving Image

 Key Concepts:

  • Media Language

  • Audience

 Pupils will develop their analytical skills by writing a 500-700 word analysis of the opening three minutes of a specific film or television programme. They will explore how the film/programme engages and interests the audience.  Following this, the pupils will present their own ideas for the opening of a film or television programme in the form of:

  • A script for the opening

  • A ten-frame storyboard with accompanying photographs

 Spring Term

 Gaming Promotion

 Key Concepts

  • Representation

  • Institution

 Pupils will prepare a 1000-1200 word essay comparison of the impact of two promotional methods used in the launch of one computer game across two different media platforms (e.g. TV and Internet). Following this, pupils will present their own ideas for the launch of one new game across two different media platforms, choosing from:

  • TV advertisement storyboard

  • Print advertisement

  • Web-based advertisement

  • Web page

  • Download/app

  • Billboard

  • Magazine article

 Summer Term

 Print (Practical Production)

 Key Concepts

  • Media Language

  • Institution

  • Representation

  • Audience

 Pupils will research existing magazines and create four full pages of a magazine or newspaper aimed at a specific audience (including the front cover or front page) and produce an 800 word evaluation. Students can work in pairs to design their covers but it is a requirement that final work is produced individually. They must give consideration to:

  • Their target audience

  • Use of fonts/ type size

  • Colour and image choices house style

  • Magazine/newspaper conventions

 Throughout the year, pupils will study the 2016 examination topic of ‘Science Fiction Films’, culminating in a four-week preparation window before the examination in the summer term, where formal teaching of the topic ceases.