GCSE Media/Film Studies Provision
Sept – Oct 2015 – Media Studies Controlled Assessment 1
The analysis of two DVD covers and then the creation/evaluation of a DVD cover designed by the student.
Oct – Feb 2016 – Media Studies Controlled Assessment 2
The analysis of an advertising campaign (TV and magazine advert) and then the creation/evaluation of a campaign (storyboard and magazine advert) designed by the student
Feb – May 2016 – Media Studies Controlled Assessment 3
The researching/planning/creation and evaluation of four pages of magazine designed by the student in a magazine genre of the student’s own choosing.
May – July 2016 – Film Studies Controlled Assessment 1
An exploration of a film of the student’s choice consisting of (i) industry research (350-500 words) and (ii) an analysis of a short extract from the film (350 – 750 words).
Important information with regards to the demands of this GCSE option and the switch between Year 10 and Year 11
All students will start Year 10 by studying the GCSE Media Studies course first, however due to the academic demands of these two GCSEs the classroom teacher will assess if students have the maturity, academic ability and organisational skills to go on to study the GCSE Film Studies option. A decision about this will be made near the end of Year 10, and in Year 11 students will be split into two classes; one going onto study the GCSE Film Studies (as detailed on the next page) as well as finishing the media course (effectively making the GCSE a joint award) whilst the other students will only focus on the single Media Studies GCSE started in Year 10. The decision to do this rewards the hardworking or gifted and talented student by enabling them access to a second GCSE in a single option block, as well as supporting those students who are finding the subject hard by providing them with an avenue through which they can concentrate on one GCSE with guided support by experienced teachers.
If students are not deemed to be suitable for the high demands of completing the two GCSEs, the Year 11 schedule will consist of re-drafting the three media studies controlled assessments and then studying the one media studies exam (details of which can be found on the next page.) This will mean that they get the support required to complete GCSE Media Studies successfully.
Sept – Oct 2016 – Film Studies Controlled Assessment Parts 1 and 2
Pitch for an imaginary film (approximately 150 words) consisting of a logline (a one or two sentence summary of your film’s narrative) and a brief reference to the film's genre, stars, and audience.
Pre-Production - produce a screenplay for the opening scene of your film (approx 500 words)
Oct – Dec 2016 – Film Studies Controlled Assessment Parts 3 and 4
Final Production - produce a poster campaign for your new film (at least 3 different posters)
Evaluation analysis: students complete an evaluative analysis of their final production (approximately 350 – 500 words)
Jan – Feb 2017 – Exploring Film outside Hollywood (1 hour exam)
Three compulsory questions on one film produced outside Hollywood (Bend It Like Beckham)
Questions will be based on:
Feb – April 2016 – Exploring Film (1 hr 30 minutes)
Four compulsory questions focusing on the superhero film genre. These questions will assess knowledge and understanding of film language and key industry and audience issues.
April – June 2016 – Investigating the Media (Media Studies exam 1 hr 30mins)
Four compulsory questions focusing on the science fiction genre. These questions will assess your knowledge of the media studies course.
N/B - If students are not deemed to be suitable for the high demands of completing the two GCSEs, the Year 11 schedule will consist of re-drafting the three media studies controlled assessments and then studying the one media studies exam
A Level Media/Film Studies Provision
Media Studies is concerned with developing an understanding of all aspects of the media, including its representations, values, ideology and audience. The course will be of interest to students who will want the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills for successful career progression in a fast changing, media centred work place.
TV Drama – This unit is based on learning how to analyse correctly the ‘language’ of television; this includes how a director uses sound, editing, cinematography and mise en scene to construct a programme. Students will also look at issues concerning the representation of certain groups in society, including teenagers.
The Music Industry – This unit explores how the industry has developed over the last decade and focuses on the switch from physical purchases, such as CD’s to digital storage, including illegal downloading and the rise of social media.
Thriller films – Students will plan, direct, edit and film the opening two minutes of a thriller film, complete with titles and soundtrack.
Collective Identity – Students will learn what it means to be British in today’s society. This topic will look closely at representations of Britishness in both film and television.
Advanced Portfolio – Students will be given an option to either plan, direct, edit and film their own music video or five minute short film.
Evaluation of own progress – Students will write about the skills they have learnt during the two years of the course in the A2 exam, this provides with them the correct aptitude to tackle demanding jobs and the stress of university.
FILM STUDIES WJEC
Film Studies deepens students’ understanding of film as a significant cultural art form. The course explores the relationships between film audiences and institutions, offering a historical and contemporary critique of both Hollywood and the UK film industry.
British Horror Cinema – Students will explore how British Horror cinema has evolved over the last fifty years, with emphasis on contemporary modern horror.
The Film Industry – Students will explore how technology is changing the landscape of the film industry in the modern world. This unit also explores how films are marketed, the role of stars in modern Hollywood and other associated topics.American Cinema – Students will compare and contrast two American films made in different decades and comment on what aspects of American society the films analyse.
Documentaries – Students will explore issues associated with documentary filmmaking, including notions surrounding reality in documentaries and the impact that this form of filmmaking has on the watching spectator.
Fight Club – Students will analyse this film, in terms of its reception and other debates surrounding the narrative, including issues with the depiction of masculinity and marketing.
Film research – The coursework for the A Level is based around student’s own knowledge of the film form and they will be asked to present their own research on an area of interest.