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Two written examinations and practical coursework:

  1. Exploring the Media: written examination, 1 hour 30 minutes (30% of qualification)
  2. Understanding Television and film: written examination, 1 hour 30 minutes (30% of qualification)
  3. Creating Media: practical coursework (40% of qualification)


Media GCSE enables you to understand how products such as TV and radio programmes, print and video games are made; how we, the audience, ‘consume’ them; how media products change over time and reflect their social and historical context. The products we study include films, sitcoms, radio drama, magazines, online video games, pop videos, newspapers and print adverts. The practical assessment gives students the opportunity to apply their learning in producing a high-quality product of their own choice from a list of options including television, magazines, film, music and advertising.


A GCSE media student will have an interest in all aspects of the media; film, TV, internet, mobile devices, games etc. They will be creative and enjoy making products using digital technology such as computers and cameras. They will enjoy lively classroom discussions and working with others to analyse, discuss, present, create etc. and will be able and happy to communicate their ideas in written form. Although it is not taught at KS3, if you have enjoyed English, history, art, drama, music and ICT, or just have a passion for films/TV/radio/games/social media then GCSE media is for you.


All GCSE Media students will have the opportunity to visit the Harry Potter Experience at Warner Brothers Studio in London (Covid restrictions allowing) and you will also spend an entire term working on your practical coursework.


Students who study GCSE Media have the option of going on to study it at A Level, along with other related KS5 courses such as film studies. At university level, media is one of the most popular arts subjects in the UK with most Russell Group universities now offering it as a degree. The creative industries represent one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK economy with career opportunities in traditional fields such as advertising, broadcasting and journalism as well as in new industries such as web design, social media and computer gaming.

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