Media Studies (GCSE)/Film Studies (GCSE) -

MEDIA STUDIES (GCSE) / FILM STUDIES (GCSE)

The reformed specifications for the two subjects below have yet to be accredited by Ofqual and may be subject to change. Only one of these courses will run. A decision about which one the Media Studies department will offer will be made once both specifications have been approved.

GCSE Film Studies (OCR, J527)

 

 

Examination

Paper 1

Examination

Paper 2

Non-examined assessment

Topic/Focus

Contemporary Lives
short answer questions on a British film studied, longer answer questions on a non-US English language film studied and a long answer question comparing a British film with a non-English language film studied.

Development of US Film
analysis of an extract from a film played four times, two questions on films studied and shorter style questions on significant developments in film.

Production: Exploring Film Genre
produce a genre based film extract and evaluate it in comparison to professional films studied. (Assessment does not focus on students’ technical skill, but knowledge of film form).

Duration

1 hour 15 minutes

1 hour 45 minutes (including 30 minutes viewing time)

 

Format

Mixture of question types from 5-30 marks each.

Mixture of question types from 1 to 25 marks each.

Film extract and evaluation

GCSE Media Studies (OCR, J200)

 

Examination

Paper 1

Examination

Paper 2

Non-examined assessment

Topic/Focus

  Textual Analysis
of a TV Crime Drama extract, viewed, four times, a question on its scheduling and the pleasures it offers its audiences.

Exploring Media
Short answer questions on media industries, a creative task, comparing representations in media texts already studied and a longer answer question on online media and audiences.

Creating Media
Create a media product such as a print based advertising campaign, a rock music promotional video or pages from a promotional website with accompanying production log.

Duration

1 hour 45 minutes (including viewing the extract 4 times)

1 hour 15 minutes

 

Weighting

35%

35%

30%

Format

5 questions. 10-20 marks each.

6 questions. 1-25 marks each.

Product and production log.

Nine media forms are studied: television, film, radio, newspapers, magazines, print advertising and marketing, online, social and participatory media, video games and music videos. An in-depth study is required of one media form in audio/visual, print and online media.

Post 16 courses available to you

Students have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills further by following the OCR two year A level in Media Studies or Film Studies depending on which A level course the department chooses once the A level specifications have been approved by Ofqual.