Oakwood Park Grammar School
Media Studies does not form a part of the taught curriculum in the lower school, but students are invited to take part in these enrichment and extension opportunities. In Year 7 and 8, students are invited to take part in the BBC Young Reporter Competition and Festival, as well as Amnesty International’s Young Reporter/ Photographer of the Year competitions and in so doing are able to write their own articles, shoot and edit their own news broadcasts.
In Year 9-11, students are also offered a range of enrichment activities including our annual trip to the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studios as a comparative text to study in terms of success marketing of a film franchise and because of the overlap with the film marketing coursework briefs. Students will also get the opportunity to attend designated study days at the British Film Institute on London’s Southbank.
Exam Board: Eduqas
Students will need to learn case studies for each of the set media products chosen by the exam board from the following media forms: newspapers and radio news considering the representation of events and issues, advertising and video games considering the representation of gender, magazines and music videos considering the representation of ethnicities. The exam will amount to 70% of the grade with two written papers to be completed at the end of the linear course. The non-examination assessment worth 30% of the overall course grade in which students can produce print-based marketing material for a new film in line with a specified brief set each year by the exam board.
Students must already be good at and enjoy English to be successful at this subject. It involves similar skills of analysis and interpretation, writing well-structured, detailed essay responses to questions and being creative enough to develop their own narratives and ideas. You will need to apply a wide range of subject-specific terminology and theory in relation to the case studies you learn. The ability to be organised, work at a consistently good standard and able to meet deadlines is also essential because this course has such an extremely high coursework component. Students will study exam set products in relation to their industry, context and audience for terms 1-4 and do their coursework in the Summer terms 5-6 of Year 10.
GCSE students will be required to sit two written examinations at the end of Year 11 each worth 35% of the course, part of which includes studying set text from a range of media industries, including, for example the marketing and promotion for the Bond franchise. You will not watch any scenes from film themselves in order to make a bigger distinction between Media Studies and Film Studies. There is a historical dimension to film marketing, with students studying at least one film produced between 1930 and 1960 The Man with the Golden Gun and another between 1961 and 1990s Spectre. There is a bigger emphasis on the ability to apply theory to media texts including an awareness of feminist approaches. Students will also need to learn more in-depth case studies from television crime drama by studying Luther and The Sweeney. Students will need to recognize the multi-media platform of contemporary media with the increase of producers having an online presence and social media platforms.
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