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GCSE Media Studies

Mathematics - Year 7

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Media Studies for students who have chosen this subject for GCSE, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

Subject Key Concepts              

    #1 Media Language or Film Form      #2 Audience      #3 Industry      #4 Representation

#5 Context     #6 Theory     #7 Ideology       #8 Narrative       #9 Genre

Please click here for Subject Key Concepts.

Curriculum Overview for the year

Term 1 Autumn

An introduction to Film Studies & Global Film

1

Induction week

Key elements of film form- Cinematography, editing, & sound

2

Key elements of film form- mise en scene, performance, aesthetics

3

Practical skills (filming and editing introduction)

4

Applying film form to own film examples and reviewing/ evaluation of practical skills.

5

Film 1 European Film – screening and contexts

6

European Film- key scene analysis- representations, meaning and response

7

European Film  aesthetics and meaning and response

8

European Film  Key scene analysis and application to exam style question

9

Film 2 Global Film - screening and contexts

10

Global Film  key scene analysis- representations, meaning and response

11

Global Film scene analysis – aesthetics and meaning and response

12

Global Film scene analysis and application to exam style question

13

Exam question application and practical

14

Exam question application and practical

 

Term 2 (Spring)

Silent & Documentary

1

Introduction to film movements- focus on silent and experimental cinema

2

Silent Cinema- contexts and examples

3

Film Screening & analysis

4

Introduction to critical debates in Silent cinema

5

Applying critical debates- silent cinema sequences

6

Exam practice

7

Practical skills – applying silent cinema techniques to production and Introduction to documentary film.

8

Documentary film: introduction to theories and debates with viewings of film maker theory examples

9

Film screening & core study areas refresher

10

key scene analysis- representations, aesthetics, meaning and response

11

Key Scene analysis application of theories and debates

12

Exam question application and improvement

13

Initial introduction to NEA

 

Term 3 Summer

NEA production & Experimental

1

Watching shorts/ Reading screenplays and revision

2

Watching shorts/ Reading screenplays and revision

3

Watching shorts/ Reading screenplays and revision

4

Mock exams

5

Evaluation Draft pat 1- influences

6

Pre production ideas, synopsis and storyboard

7

Pre production ideas, synopsis and storyboard

8

What is experimental cinema? -Production outside of school

9

Experimental file screening and analysis -Production outside of school

10

Experimental film narratives- Production outside of school

11

Experimental film and auteur -Production outside of school

12

Key sequence analysis (narrative & auteur) -Production outside of school

13

Exam practice - -Production outside of school

14

Production- editing

 

 

Term 4 (Autumn)

British Film, American Film

1

Introduction to British Cinema, film 1 screening

2

British film 1 key sequence analysis

3

British film 1- ideology

4

British film narratives

5

British film 2 key sequence analysis

6

British film 2- ideology

7

British film narratives- both films & exam practice

8

American Mainstream film- film screening and analysis

9

Key sequence analysis- representation and ideology

10

Key sequence analysis- core and spectatorship

11

Contemporary Indie Film- film screening and analysis

12

Key sequence analysis- representation and ideology

13

Key sequence analysis- core and spectatorship

14

Exam practice

 

 

Term 5 (Spring)

Hollywood

1

Mocks

2

Hollywood context- classical, new

3

Classic Hollywood intro and screening

4

Classic Hollywood contexts and mock feedback

5

Classic Hollywood & auteur, key scene analysis

6

Classic Hollywood key scene analysis and exam practice.

7

New Hollywood  & Auteur

8

New Hollywood screening

9

New Hollywood key scene analysis

10

Comparative analysis- contexts

11

Comparative analysis- core/ auteur

12

Exam practice

13

Revision

14

Revision

Term 6 exam prep

 

Core study= film form analysis (cinematography, editing, sound, mise en scene, performance.

 

Study Films:

Some Like it Hot, Wilder 1959, 12

Do The Right Thing, Lee 1989, 18

 

La La Land (Chazelle, 2016), 12A

Beasts of the Southern Wild  (Baumbach, 2012), 15

 

Trainspotting (Boyle, 1996), 18

This is England (Meadows, 2006), 18

 

Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro, Spain, 2006), 15

City of God (Mereilles, Brazil, 2002),

 

Amy (Kapadia, UK, 2015), 15.

 

Sunrise (Murnau, US, 1927), U

 

Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, US, 1994), 18

 

Please click here for a PDF curriculum overview.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Miss Stevens if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

Which exam board will students be examined by?

EDUQAS

How are groups organised?

Classes are mixed ability. The students have 5 one-hour lessons per fortnight

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

The most successful students in this subject will enjoy analysing all types of media texts and learning new vocabulary in order to do so. Students will also need to be creative and enjoy practical tasks such as filming, editing and using photoshop.

How will students learn at this level?

  • Using google classroom
  • Analysing and annotating different media texts
  • Practising different practical skills
  • Kahoot
  • Researching contextual information
  • Using the internet to support your learning.

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

  • Component 1 Exploring the Media Written examination at the end of the course: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of qualification 80 marks
  • Component 2 Understanding Media Forms and Products Written examination at the end of the course: 1 hour 30 minutes 30% of qualification 60 marks
  • Component 3 Creating Media Products Non-exam assessment: internally assessed and externally moderated by WJEC 30% of qualification 60 marks

When do key assessments take place?

Component 1 & 2: June/July of Y11 (see exam timetable for precise date)

Component 3: March-June Y10

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

Encourage use and revision of materials posted on google classroom. Encourage analysis of all media used at home (Films/TV/Radio/Magazines etc.). Ensure practical tasks are planned and completed (taking photos or filming) within the Comp 3 timeframe.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

Essential school equipment

How does this subject link to other subjects?

  • English: Analysis and terminology
  • Drama: participating on filming and photos, composing scenes, thinking about performance, costume etc.
  • Art: Planning, drawing storyboards
  • IT: Computer work on the internet and programmes such as photoshop, movie maker, final cut pro, google classroom etc.

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?

Exam board information: http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/media-studies/gcse/eduqas-gcse-media-studies-spec-from-2017-e.pdf

Set texts we study in media:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/11W8XIvzNHrpVQQQAgNvuC_OjC3Bzh_bJ/view?usp=sharing

What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

Lunchtimes available for help/ use of green screen with Component 3 is taking place.

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/work-experience

https://careers.sky.com/earlycareers/work-experience-opportunities

http://www.itvjobs.com/workinghere/entry-careers/work-experience/

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?

 

How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

  • A large scope of the media industries covered throughout the course
  1. The course allows for different abilities and learning styles to flourish through both practical and written skillsets
  2. A subject that has analysis at its core. 

How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?

  1. Throughout studying different texts students are encouraged to create their own versions to a brief. Students also have to respond to a set brief and produce completely original material in response.
  2. Interpreting media texts and the connotations created.
  3. A completely new subject when students arrive at it in year 10. A whole new language of terminology to learn and apply as well as theories and theorists.

How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?

  1. Gaining an understanding into the media, how it works and how it communicates to/with/at audiences in context.
  2. Encouraging students to not take the media for face value but to understand how it is encoded and to question its decoding.
  3. A wide range of media covered to suit different interests and abilities. The course also addresses representations from an array of backgrounds which encourages students to discuss them with confidence.