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St Thomas More

Catholic School


Media Studies (GCSE)

Media Studies GCSE (9-1)

Course outline for OCR Media Studies (J200)

Students will sit two written exams at the end of the course that represents 70% of their overall grade. There will be a non-exam assessment (NEA) worth 30% that students will complete in their final year of the course.

  • Paper 1: Television and Promoting Media – 35% of total GCSE grade
  • Paper 2: Music and News – 35% of total GCSE grade
  • NEA: Creating Media - 30% of total GCSE grade

Course Outline for Level 2 Tech Award in Creative Media Production with EDEXCEL

Students begin the course by exploring the different media industries and the products they produce. They will learn to deconstruct media products such as video games, film, magazines, music videos etc. in component 1. This will help students learn how to construct media products of their own in component 2 and 3.

The Tech Award is largely  coursework based, however the externally marked component 3 and will be a supervised assessment period of up to nine hours.

  • Component 1: Exploring Media Products (Internal coursework).
  • Component 2: Developing Media Production Skills (Internal coursework).
  • Component 3: Create a Media Product in Response to a Brief (external synoptic assessment).

Why Choose Media studies?

The GCSE Media Studies course attracts an increasingly large number of students every year because it makes learning interesting, challenging, creative and fun. Students learn about the role of the Media in society, as well as new technologies. Our Course offers:

  • Extensive and meaningful coverage of media theory and practice
  • Practical work which integrates theories and concepts
  • A choice of assignments for production and pre-production
  • The chance to study across a range of different media
  • Opportunities to learn about real media products and industries


Key Skills in Media Studies

  • Critical thinking and decision-making skills
  • Pre-production and planning skills like storyboarding, scripting, mock-ups and sketching
  • Production skills like filming, recording, and editing.
  • Evaluation skills



Students have access to;

  • PCs
  • Adobe software such as Premier Pro, Photoshop, InDesign, and AffectAffects


Future Directions

Which courses could GCSE Media Studies lead to?

A Level Media Studies

Btec National In Creative Media

A Level Film Studies