GCSE Media

“One question on either media language or representation, which will be based on an extract from one of the set television programme episodes.”

Qualification

GCSE

Awarding Body

Eduqas

Course Specification


Who to contact for more information about this course

Queries should be directed to Mr Bowen

Years taught

Year 10 and Year 11

What is the course structure?

There are three components to this qualification.

What will I study?

Component 1: Exploring the Media

 

Section A: Exploring Media Language and Representation

This section assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following print media forms: magazines, marketing (film posters), newspapers, or print advertisements. There are two questions in this section:

 

  • one question assessing media language in relation to one set product (reference to relevant contexts may be required)

  • one two-part question assessing representation in relation to one set product and one unseen resource in the same media form. Part (a) is based on media contexts. Part (b) requires comparison through an extended response.

Learners must study the media forms and products set by WJEC.

 

Learners should study at least two additional products from each of the above, to get good at analysis.

 

Section B: Exploring Media Industries and Audiences

This section assesses two of the following media forms: film, newspapers, radio, video games.

 

It includes:

 

  • one stepped question on media industries

  • one stepped question on audiences

Learners must study the media forms and products set by WJEC.

 

Component 2: Understanding Media Forms and Products

 

This component assesses all areas of the theoretical framework and contexts of the media in relation to television and music.

 

Section A: Television (Crime Drama or Sitcom)

  • One question on either media language or representation, which will be based on an extract from one of the set television programme episodes to be viewed in the examination (reference to relevant contexts may be required).

  • One question on media industries, audiences or media contexts.

Learners must study one of the options below:

  • Option 1 – Crime Drama
    Luther, Series 1, Episode 1 (2010) 15
    Plus a ten minute extract from The Sweeney, Series 1, Episode 1 (1975) 15

  • Option 2 – Sitcom
    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Series 1, Episode 1 (2015) 12
    Plus a ten minute extract from Friends, Season 1, Episode 1 (1994) 12

 

The extract is selected by the centre and must be at least ten minutes in length.

Section B: Music (music videos and online media)

  • One question on either media language or representation (reference to relevant contexts may be required).

  • One question on media industries, audiences or media contexts.

 

Learners study one music video from the past to enable learners to develop their understanding of media language and of how representations reflect, and are influenced by, relevant contexts.

 

Two contemporary music videos from the following options will be studied:

  • Katy Perry, Roar (2013) or Taylor Swift, Bad Blood (2014)

  • Pharrell Williams, Freedom (2015) or Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk (2014)

A music video from the 1980s and early 1990s from will be studied. It will either be Duran Duran, Rio (1982) or Michael Jackson, Black or White (1991).


Component 3: Creating Media Products

An individual media production for an intended audience in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC, applying knowledge and understanding of media language and representation.

 

Research and Planning is no longer assessed but the students obviously need to do a pitch/treatment, some designing or storyboarding, scripting and any other logistical and creative planning so that it doesn't all go terribly, terribly wrong.

How is the course assessed?

Component 1: Exploring the Media

  • Written examination

  • 1 hour 30 minutes

  • 40% of qualification

Component 2: Understanding Media Forms and Products

  • Written examination

  • 1 hour 30 minutes

  • 30% of qualification

 

Component 3: Creating Media Products

  • Non-exam assessment

  • 30% of qualification

 

Component 3 is internally assessed and externally moderated. The total number of marks available is 60:

  • 10 marks for the statement of aims (250 words on a template provided by Eduqas)

  • 30 marks for using media language and representational devices to create a media product in the specified form and genre

  • 20 marks for creating a media product for an intended audience

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