Key Stage 4

An excellent starting point for learners to develop into media specialists and progress to study the subject further with our A Level in Media Studies.An emphasis on practical tasks, such as production, enables learners to startdeveloping the skills andknowledge required in the media industry.


Alternative ways of presenting evaluations, for example would be podcasts as well as written pieces.
old style tv

Choice of presentation can be matched to the learning style of the learner which provides students with motivation.

GCSE Course Summary

B321: Individual Media Studies Portfolio
• Focuses on key concepts of media language and
• An opportunity to demonstrate skills in planning, construction and evaluation through the production exercise. 
• Briefs include: popular music, celebrity, soap opera and video games.

• Controlled assessment.
• Learners will produce an individual portfolio containing
an assignment and production exercise based on at least two media texts.
• The assignment can be written (word processed), but can also be presented as a PowerPoint presentation podcast

B322: Textual Analysis and Media Studies Topic (Moving
Image) or B323: Textual Analysis and Media Studies Topic (Print
• Learners can choose to take the Moving Image or Print option.
Each unit has two sections:
- First section: analysis and response to a short, previously unseen moving image or print extract to demonstrate understanding of key media concepts. The following are offered: action adventure films and/or lifestyle magazines.
- Second section: based on a media topic, this tests learners’ understanding of institutions and audiences. The following topics are offered: TV comedy and/or radio comedy

External assessment 40%
1 hour 45 minutes




B324: Production Portfolio in Media Studies
• An opportunity to demonstrate skills in research, planning, construction and evaluation.
• Developing an understanding of the following key concepts: audience, institutions, media language and genre.
• The following briefs are offered: print, video, audio, website and cross-media.
• Presentation of evaluation can be a written commentary,
PowerPoint presentation, podcast, or DVD with extras.


• Controlled assessment. 30%
• Learners can either work individually or as part of a group (maximum of five) to produce a major practical production in response to set briefs. They must also produce individual evidence of research and planning, and an individual evaluation of their finished work.
• Centres choose from 12 briefs that will be available for at least two years.