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Media Studies Coursework Gcse Science

  1. Hey everyone, I'm pretty new on here, but please hear me out, and try and help me, because like most students, I'm starting to panic!!

    I'm in Year 11, and I'm doing Media Studies AQA (as you can tell). Now, I did my exam last year on Reality TV, getting 100%. My teacher was pushing for me to go for the Double Award, but failed to inform me the amount of work needed for Unit 4. So this is the breakdown:

    Unit 1 - Reality TV Exam
    Unit 2 - Coursework
    Unit 3 - Institutions Exam
    Unit 4 - Investigation Coursework

    Upon hearing this January the amount of work required, I decided to consolidate my 100% and stick with the single award - just units 1 and 2 (as I'd rather have an A* than a BC/CD equivalent). However, as we'd wasted time learning institutions, we were left with just the coursework to do, and only 2011 to do it in. She has now said that the deadline for coursework is March 28th - let me tell you about the coursework.

    To me, there are 2 parts to all 3 tasks - creative and analytical.

    Assignment 1
    We've gone for magazines. Therefore, we had to create a magazine cover for our creative task. Only NOW though has she realised that it might be two editions, not one. What has everyone else done?

    Along with this is the analytical task. We had to analyse two magazine covers, which I did. however, she's telling us we need to analyse our own magazines we created as well. Is this right!?!?

    Assignment 2
    This is the real problem. It's something to do with creating a DVD cover. We are yet to start, and we're still pretty lost. We have to use 90% of our own photographs. How can we promote a film without using proper photos? Or is it a made up film?

    The analytical task. In one breath, she says we have to compare two methods of film promotion. In the next, it's two 1000 essays on our DVD cover. In another breath, it's just the basic design of our DVD covers. Then I read something about a "cross media" investigation - isn't that unit 4?!? Help! Who has done this assignment yet, and what exactly did you do?

    Assignment 3
    We went for radio. Now, we got in a radio DJ to help us produce our programme, which we have done with great success. Creative side = done.

    Analysis though, what has to be done? Again, she's getting us to research Radio 1, the DJs, create a brief that we'd send to Radio 1 about our radio show. She said it mustn't be more than 12 pages - what has to be marked though?

    I've been doing as she says so far, as she is the one marking our coursework. I've now got to the point where I have 25 days left, and still not a bloody clue as to what we need to do. I need all As and A*s to get a 100% scholarship at my school, and with 40% already in the bag, I must surely push for an A*. However, she doesn't seem to know what she's doing. Luckily, it's a class of 3, but we still have lost all direction. We ask her these questions, and she says "I'll ask AQA" - and we get nothing back. Any help would be much appreciated!!

  2. Bumping this - I emailed AQA but they said I have to go through my teacher and coursework advisor. Guys please help! :/

  3. Can someone help?! I need a comparison of two jingles and of two features on the radio. (A page each)


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Curriculum Overview

Contemporary society is media-saturated, with multi-national media institutions shaping our perceptions of ourselves and the world around us.

In this context, a variety of literacy skills are needed to explore fully and enjoy the range of media texts now in circulation.

To this end, the AQA Media Studies course equips pupils both with the language necessary to analyse media texts, and the technical skills needed to create their own. 

AQA GCSE Media Studies

Unit 1: Investigating the Media
Exam Unit – 1 hour 30 mins – 60 marks – 40%
External Assessment, based on pre-released topic which changes annually.

Unit 2: Understanding the Media
Controlled Assessment taken from banks of set assignments – 90 marks – 60%
Three Assignments: Introductory assignment; Cross-media assignment; Practical Production and Evaluation.

AQA AS Media Studies (single award)

Unit 1: Investigating Media
Exam Unit – 2 hour – 80 marks – 50%
Section A: four compulsory essay questions.
Section B: Choice of one from two essays (based on a Cross-Media Study).

Unit 2: Creating Media
Coursework Unit – 80 marks – 50%
Externally set production briefs. Students choose two linked production pieces taken from two of the three media platforms, plus 1500 word evaluation.

AQA A2 Media Studies

Unit 3: Critical Perspectives
Exam Unit – 2 hour – 80 marks - 25%
Section A: three compulsory essay questions.
Section B: Choice of one from two essays (based on the key concepts of Representation OR New Digital Media).

Unit 4: Research and Production
Coursework Unit – 80 marks - 25%
Critical Investigation (48 marks based on a 2,000 word essay.
Linked Production (32 marks based on students’ practical production).

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