GCSE Media Studies

Media Studies is the study of how a variety of media is constructed, what is communicated, how it appeals to audiences, how it changes in regards to technological developments and the role media industries play in all these areas. As well as this, it will enable students to develop a wider understanding and appreciation of the media in both a historical and contemporary context.

This is an engaging and exciting, yet challenging course which will enable students to explore a range of media forms such as television, advertising, film, video games, newspapers, magazines, radio, the internet and music videos. Students will develop analytical skills similar to those that used in English and students will have the opportunity to develop practical skills.

Media Studies should inspire students to continue learning beyond the classroom as well as developing personal and interpersonal skills which will serve them well both in Higher Education and in the workplace.

Structure of the course

  • 35% – Examination – 1 hour and 45 minutes – Textual Analysis
  • 35% – Examination – 1 hour and 15 minutes – Exploring Media
  • 30% – Externally Assessed Project – Creating Media

Resources and Revision Materials
There is a wealth of videos supporting the course on Youtube- these can be accessed by searching ‘OCR GCSE Media Studies’. As well as this, there is a student book that supports the course.  


CTEC Digital Media Level 3 (Extended Certificate)

Level 3 Cambidge Technicals in Digital Media: 05844 Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Digital Media

The qualification we are studying is comprised of a number of different units which are a mixture of controlled assessment and examination.  You need to cover units that equate to 360GLH                                                                                                             

There are three mandatory units – this means everyone has to study these:

  • Unit 01: Media products and audiences (examination) – 90GLH
  • Unit 02: Pre-production and planning (examination) – 90GLH Unit 03: Create a media product (controlled assessment) – 60GLH 
  • The units we are also going to complete are:
  • Unit 20: Advertising media (controlled assessment) – 60GLH
  • Unit 21: Plan and deliver a pitch for a media product (controlled assessment) – 30GLH
  • Unit 24: Cross media industry awareness (controlled assessment) – 30GLH

Resources and Revision Materials
There is a wealth of videos supporting the course on Youtube- these can be accessed by searching ‘CTEC digital media level 3’ and the unit we are studying. We have also uploaded knowledge organisers and revision materials to our Teams page.