Media GCSE


Media Studies  

Exam Board: OCR

Award: GCSE  



Why do this course?

  • If you enjoy reading magazines/newspapers, watching T.V and film, listening to music and browsing the internet
  • If you would like to create your own media production
  • If you enjoy a mixture of practical and written/analytical work

Course entry requirements

  • Suitable for all year groups
  • Suitable for all abilities but must enjoy producing written/analytical work in addition to practical.
  • No prior study required but strong skills in English would be beneficial.

Key Topics / Subject content

Students will have to explore at least three topics for GCSE Media Studies, including at least one print (magazines etc) and one audiovisual (TV/Film)based form.

Topics that can be studied, some of which may be based on particular forms, may include:

  • Music
  • Animation
  • Science fiction
  • Comedy
  • Lifestyle and celebrity
  • News
  • Television Drama
  • Advertising

The production element of the course could provide students with the opportunity to produce a magazine, music video, radio music programme, an advert, a trailer for a film or television programme or a short film.

The textual investigations will be an investigation of representation, genre or narrative in any form of media. Therefore you would be analysisng:

  • Costumes
  • Sounds
  • Colours
  • Settings
  • Conventions
  • Special effects  etc

Method of Assessment

This course is assessed in the following way:

Three pieces of work from at least two different media:

  • two textual investigations (400 – 850 words) (20%)


  • two media productions (40%).
  • Pupils sit a 90 minutehour exam worth 40% of the total marks


Pupils are taught to:

  • Select and use equipment to produce quality media texts
  • Draw on their existing experience of the media
  • Develop their abilities to explore as well as to create media.
  • Work in collaboration with other students
  • Develop their analytical skills

Progression Route

GCSE Media Studies is a qualification that when gained, can be taken further at college level and then at university too.  Many students go on to study Media Studies at A level and then through to University where it can be taken alone or in combination with other subjects.  It is a contemporary GCSE subject that can be used in careers as teaching, journalism, television production, film and many, many more.   


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Cherry Willingham Community School, Croft Lane, Cherry Willingham, Lincoln LN3 4JP

Please direct enquiries to Ms. M Cooper in the first instance

  • Telephone: 01522 751040

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