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GCSE Media (Part of the GCSE Fast-Track Programme)

Have you noticed how dominant the media are in our lives? Have you wondered how this happens and what the imapct might be? Have you ever wanted to create your own media products? Media is a dynamic and fast moving industry. This course is ideal for anyone interested in developing their ability to understand and create media products.

Entry Requirements

The College is offering a full-time GCSE Fast-Track Programme for students achieving mostly D grades in their GCSEs, which runs for one year.


Course Content

The course has two units ¿ `Thinking About the Media¿ and `Creating for the Media¿. Both units involve creative skills and analysis. At least three different media forms will be investigated, covering print based and audio visual media forms.

For students starting the course in September 2015, key areas of study will be Advertising & Marketing, Film Trailers and Film Posters. You may explore the use of celebrities in media promotion, the regulation of different media sectors and how we are all divided into audience groups and targeted by media organisations.

You will also have the opportunity to create print-based media products yourself. These may be magazine pages, CD/DVD covers or newspaper pages.

How will I be taught?

You will taught through a variety of methods, including lectures, group work, independent study and research projects.

How will I be assessed?

Controlled Assessment accounts for 60% of your overall grade. For this you will conduct two written textual investigations and create one media product with supporting research, planning and an evaluation.
The remaining 40% of your overall grade is from an exam during which you will analyse an unseen media text and originate ideas in response to a brief.
Throughout the course, you will engage with peer assessment and self assessment of progress and receive regular feedback from your lecturer.

Will I need any extra equipment?

It is expected that you will provide your own note-taking materials and you will also need to provide A4 wallet folders for submission of Controlled Assessment work. You will be provided with a mac network account for creation and storage of computer based work.

What qualifications will I get?

GCSE Media

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Achievement of C grade or above may allow you to progress to either an A Level or BTEC programme of study. This course is good preparation for A Level Media Studies in particular. Continued study of the media can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities in areas such as marketing, radio or television broadcasting, video production, digital media, social media, newspapers, computer games or events management.

Course Information

The course information is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change.

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