"The media intervene; they provide us with selective versions of the world, rather than direct access to it" - David Buckingham
Head of Department:
Mrs Galdin O’Shea
Members of the Department:
Media Studies aims to develop students into CRITICAL consumers and ANALYTICAL appraisers of media texts, and to equip them with knowledge about Institutions and Audiences with focus on some of the biggest industries in our Western world. Media Studies also aims to develop students into INFORMED PRODUCERS of media texts.
The year 9 course prepare students by focusing on key knowledge and skills, theoretical and practical, they will need to successfully complete their GCSE Media Studies.
Introduction to key media concepts
Video production and production workflow
Music Industry, music videos and representation (Gender, ethnicity, age)
All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly. Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.
In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course. Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.
GCSE Media Studies is a linear course, meaning that a written exam is taken at the end of the course. Two portfolios of work produced as Controlled Assessments are also submitted in May at the end of year 11. Currently, each portfolio is worth 30% of the final grade (so 60% altogether) and the examination is worth 40%. The first portfolio is constructed in year 10 and the second in year 11.
Media Studies is assessed through a mixture of controlled assessments completed throughout the course but submitted towards the end of year 11, and a final written examination.
Media Studies is assessed through a mixture of controlled assessments completed throughout the course but submitted towards the end of year 11, and a final written examination. Students completed B321 in year 10 and will complete B324 Media Portfolio in year 11.
B321 Individual Portfolio undertaken under controlled conditions (30%) completed by January.
B324 Extended Portfolio under controlled conditions (30%) completed by March. Final examination in June (40%).
OCR J526 GCSE Media Studies
GCSE Media Studies
Useful Reading Material:
To be confirmed
Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL
Mr Emlyn Lumley
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