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In the academic Year 2017/18, Year 11 and Year 13 will continue to study the AQA Media Studies specifications. Year 10 and Year 12 will study the new Media Studies GCSEs (graded 1-9) on the Eduqas Media Studies specifications. Below is an overview of the curriculum for each year group and links to the relevant specifications for further information.
Students will begin Year 10 with an introduction to the key terms and concepts that underpin all assessments throughout the course. The four key concepts of Media Language, Audiences, Representations and Media Industries shall be discussed by analysing a variety of media forms including television, advertising, radio, magazines and music videos. From January 2018 students will continue to develop their understanding of media texts by planning and creating various media products in preparation for component 3 (30% of the GCSE). Eduqas will release set production briefs for component 3 on March 1st and students will be required to engage with the brief by considering the key concepts as well as interacting with the brief with creativity and flair. Students will refocus in the final summer half term on the exam structure for components 1 and 2 in preparation for their Year 11 Studies.
Students will finalise their Unit 1 controlled assessments. Assignments 1 and 2 were due for completion at the end of Year 10 and they will complete their Assignment 3 research, planning, production and evaluation. Unit 1 accounts for 60% of their GCSE. From January 2018, students will begin preparations for the Unit 2 exam. The topic for this year’s exam is Serial TV Drama, so students will continue to develop knowledge and understanding of the media key concepts and explore this television genre by researching and analysing a set of case studies. Fours weeks prior to the exam, AQA will provide an exam pre-release brief with further information that will allow students to start prepare further for the exam. Students will be provided with revision booklets to support their preparation for this exam alongside their class and independent notes.
Students undertaking AS Media Studies provided by Educas will be required to complete 3 components of assessment. Components 1 and 2 will be assessed as summer examinations while component 3 will be a controlled piece of Media Production; previous study of Media is not essential as key concepts and theorists will be discussed during the first half term. Following the opening term students will be focusing on the assessments components below simultaneously.