GCSE Media Studies

Exam Board

The Course

Students will analyse ‘Action Adventure film’ and ‘TV Comedy’, examining the techniques used to create films and programmes that have an intense effect on the audience. They will also work individually to produce a ‘production portfolio’ based upon a specific digital media form such as magazines, music video and computer games. 


40% examination grade (1 exam - 1hr 45mins)

Textual analysis of unseen clip – Action Adventure Film and two questions about TV Comedy – audience pleasures offered and scheduling decisions

60% Coursework

Two requirements:

  • ‘Individual Media Studies Portfolio’ comprising of an analytical essay and a ‘creative application of learning’ (i.e. taking their learning from the essay and showing how they can use it to create their own text)
  • ‘Production Portfolio in Media Studies’, comprising of a major practical production, research and planning and an evaluation of creative decisions.

Where it leads

TV, film and journalism