Media Studies

OCR GCSE Media Studies

Outline of the Course

This course offers both a theoretical and practical approach to media studies and new media. Students will explore theory and research topics as well as storyboarding, scripting and producing a practical production. There are three units; one is a non-exam assessment and two are external exam units.

A01 - Textual Analysis written exam
1hr 45 minutes worth 70 marks - 35% of total GCSE mark.
You will be analysing an unseen extract from a TV programme looking at genre, media language, representation and audience. The set texts are The Lego Movie, Cuffs and The Avengers (1965)


A02 - Exploring Media written exam
1 hour 15 minutes worth 70 marks – 35% of total GCSE mark.
Set texts are, The Observer newspaper and online content, BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, MOJO Magazine, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars’ music video comparative study.


Creating Media - Non-exam assessment 
25-30 hours, worth 60 marks – 30% of total GCSE mark
Internally marked and externally moderated. This is an individual practical film making project

Throughout the course we integrate several small practical projects to help students develop the skills needed to achieve well on the NEA assessment.

Who will this Course Suit?

• Students who enjoy engaging in challenging topics.
• Students who like to question the world around them.
• Those who have a critical eye.
• Students who enjoy practical and creative work.

What can I do with a Qualification in Media?

Students gaining a GCSE in media will have access to a range of career and further education opportunities, both in the school 6th form and beyond. Studying media allows students to develop a variety of skills that can be linked to a number of career pathways and which are prized by both employers and universities, amongst which, working to a brief, thinking creatively, meeting deadlines, co-operative team work, independent thought and presenting to an audience feature prominently.

The media industry is vast and ever-growing, with a plethora of careers and pathways available including a multimedia specialist, public relations officer, editorial assistant, event organiser, teacher, writer, camera technician, runner or part of broadcasting team or a visual or sound editor amongst many others. With an ever-changing industry, new doors are constantly opening and GCSE media studies is the first step on that exciting journey.

For further information see


Mrs E Gauntlett egauntlett@sharnbrook.beds.sch.uk
Mrs R Moore rmoore@sharnbrook.beds.sch.uk
Mr A Pentlow apentlow@sharnbrook.beds.sch.uk