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Media Studies

GCSE (9-1)

Many students at SVC spend over 6 hours a day consuming media.  Media Studies looks at all types of media and requires students to think for themselves, to become autonomous and media literate. The subject could take you to college where media studies is a popular option at A level.

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Exam Board Qualifications
GCSE (9-1) Media Studies

The table below is a breakdown of the unit studied at GCSE and the format of the assessments


 Year 10

Year 11








Introductory tour of the key concepts of audience, media language, institution and representation.


Assessing own Focus on pop promotional videos and websites focusing on Taylor Swift and Pharrell Williams

Written & practical internal assignments


Learning set products in the print media examined unit: Pride & GQ magazines, Quality Street and This Girl can advertising campaigns, movie posters for The Man With The Golden Gun and Spectre

Written & practical internal assignments

Focus on radio drama – BBC’s The Archers and two contrasting newspapers – The Guardian and The Sun’s responses to immigration




TV crime drama – The Sweeney (1977) and Luther (2010) – a contrast and comparison

Written coursework assignment

Practising Print media and TV crime drama

Internal mock examination


Researching for the coursework

Various classwork assignments

Sitting Paper 1 examination on a depth topic

External examination



Producing a website using Wix to promote a new crime drama TV series

Written Internal assessment





Coursework assignment



 * Please be aware that Media Studies does involve examining controversial and challenging issues which some students may find upsetting: if you are easily offended or upset this may not be the right subject to choose.