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Mount Carmel - College for Girls

GCSE Media Studies

The Media Studies course makes learning interesting, challenging, creative and fun. It offers rigorous but accessible learning on a subject of key importance or your understanding of the world.

What kinds of skills will I develop?
Pre-production/planning skills: storyboarding, poster design, print advertising design, scripting for television, film and radio, treatments for television programmes and films, flat plans for magazines and newspapers, news selection, mock-ups for comic panels, scheduling, sketching etc.
Production Skills: photography to create still image work, video/digital cameras to create moving image work, recording equipment for sound media, editing techniques to produce finished products, desk-top publishing packages to create finished newspapers, magazines, comic extracts or advertising examples etc.
Essay writing: writing skills to analyse and evaluate media products

Course Outline

Year One

Year Two

Term 1

Media Language & Pre-Production skills


Term 4

Unit 2: Assignment 3 [Film]

Mock Exam for Unit 1

Term 2

Unit 2: Assignment 1 [Magazines]


Term 5

Revision of Key Concepts

Unit 1 Topic

Term 3


Unit 2: Assignment 2 [Print and Radio advertising]

Term 6

Unit 1 Set Brief preparation

You will be assessed on the following basis:
Written coursework and practical work 60%
Examination 40%
What sort of coursework is it?
You must do at least two written assignments with a practical element and a practical project
What is the practical project?
You must do one practical project during Year 11 either by yourself or in a group. By Year 11 you will have a good idea of what that involves because you will have worked in areas such as photography, recording, filming, producing a television programme and desktop publishing. You may choose to make a film, radio programme or design a magazine or website for your practical project.

Post 16 Progression
Once you gain your GCSE Media Studies qualification, you can go on to study Media Studies at AS/A Level or follow a Level 3 Diploma in Creative and Media course. You can also study for Media Studies degree at university.

Career Options
Working in the media industry, teaching.