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Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

1

Focus on the key concept of Media Language (all areas covered in the AQA new specification which can be found here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subj...

Assessment: Mock exam questions on Magazine covers and Film clip in the style of a GCSE exam. Students must answer the questions applying the skills and theories learnt this term.

 

A revision term on all four key concepts needed for the media studies exam. These cover media language, audiences, representation and industries. Information on these can be found on the new AQA specification here:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subj...

Assessment: Students are assessed regularly on a range of tasks across each of the four concept topics and an average grade is given. Students are given opportunities to redraft and improve work.

Legacy Specification (Year 11 sitting exams in 2018)

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subj...

Students are working on redrafts of the coursework and finalising pieces. They should be either finalising their assignment 3 or re-drafting assignment 1.

In exam lessons, students are starting the study topic area of Serial Dramas.

Assessment: coursework.

New Specification (Year 11 sitting exams in 2019 +)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subj...

Students will start the ‘in depth study’ close study products this term. These are products in which they must apply all four key concepts: media language, audiences, representation and industries.

They will start with television study products.

Assessment: exam style questions on the television close study products.

2

Practical task unit – Magazine covers. Students apply the terms and theories learnt last term to magazine covers and then draft and make their own design, learning practical and technical skills such as photoshop. They then write a detailed evaluation of their work applying theories to their own design.

Assessment: Students are given an average grade assessing their first initial draft, planning processes, second draft and final written evaluation.

Close Study product topic of advertising. Students will look at three adverts in detail as chosen by the exam board. The current adverts are: OMO 1950’s woman’s own magazine advert; Galaxy 2013 Audrey Hepburn advert; NHS Represent blood and transplant campaign featuring Lady Leshurr. These will be analysed using the key concepts of media language and representation.

They will then complete a mock non-exam assessment brief on the topic of advertising.

Assessment: 2 exam style questions on the close study products and a practical project piece. Grades are averaged.

Legacy Specification (Year 11 sitting exams in 2018)

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subj...

Students are working on redrafts of the coursework and finalising pieces. They should be either re-drafting assignment 1 or 2

In exam lessons, students are starting the study topic area of Serial Dramas. They will sit a mock exam in this term

Assessment: coursework and mock mark averaged out as if final grade.

New Specification (Year 11 sitting exams in 2019 +)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subj...

Students will continue the ‘in depth study’ close study products this term. These are products in which they must apply all four key concepts: media language, audiences, representation and industries.

They will be studying the set newspaper pieces this term.

They will also start having lessons on the non-exam assessment. They will be given briefs set by the exam board and chose one. By the end of this term they must have their planning and statement of intent completed.

Assessment: exam style questions on the newspaper close study products.

3

Focus on the key concept of Audiences. Students will learn a range of theories and terms based on this area and applying them to a range of media products. Information on the theories and terms covered can be found here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subj...

Pg 18-20)

Assessment: Mock exam questions taken from the style of a GCSE exam based on the audience topic.

Close Study product topic of Magazines. These are the magazines chosen by the exam board for study in preparation for the final exam. They will be analysed by applying the key concepts of media language and representations.

Practical mock non exam assessment piece based on magazine work.

Assessment: 2 exam style questions on the close study products and a practical project piece. Grades are averaged.

Legacy Specification (Year 11 sitting exams in 2018)

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subj....

Students are working on redrafts of the coursework and finalising pieces. They should be either re-drafting assignment 1 or 2. This will now only be a couple of lessons each week as the rest of the focus on exam. Students should be attending after school if coursework is not complete.

In exam lessons, students are starting the study topic area of Serial Dramas. They will be set mock exam questions

Assessment: coursework and exam questions averaged into a final grade.

New Specification (Year 11 sitting exams in 2019 +)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subj...

Students will continue the ‘in depth study’ close study products this term. These are products in which they must apply all four key concepts: media language, audiences, representation and industries.

They will be studying the set online, social and participatory media pieces this term.

They will also start having lessons on the non-exam assessment. They will be given briefs set by the exam board and chose one. By the end of this term they must have their piece completed.

Assessment: exam style questions on the online, social and participatory media close study products.

4

Practical task unit – Advertising.

Students will be asked to create advertisements after applying key audience and media language terms to examples. They will then draft, plan and redraft their own versions, before writing a detailed evaluation applying theory to their own ideas.

Assessment: Students are given an average grade assessing their first initial draft, planning processes, second draft and final written evaluation.

Close Study product topic of Film. These are the film pieces chosen by the exam board for study in preparation for the final exam. They will be analysed by applying the key concepts of industries.

A research project on one of the films demonstrating independent research into the industry area.

Assessment: 2 exam style questions on the close study products and a research project piece. Grades are averaged.

Legacy Specification (Year 11 sitting exams in 2018)

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subj...

All coursework must be finished now.

In exam lessons, students are starting the study topic area of Serial Dramas. They will be continuing detailed exam work preparation.

Assessment: coursework and exam questions marked as if a final grade.

New Specification (Year 11 sitting exams in 2019 +)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subj....

Students will continue the ‘in depth study’ close study products this term. These are products in which they must apply all four key concepts: media language, audiences, representation and industries.

They will be studying the set Video games pieces this term.

Assessment: exam questions and the final mark of the non-exam assessment averaged out into final grade.

5

Focus on the key concept of Representation. Students will learn a range of theories and terms based on this area and applying them to a range of media products. Information on the theories and terms covered can be found here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subj...

Pg 13-15)

Assessment: Mock exam questions taken from the style of a GCSE exam based on the audience topic.

Close Study product topic of Radio. These are the radio pieces chosen by the exam board for study in preparation for the final exam. They will be analysed by applying the key concepts of industries and audiences.

A practical project in which students create their own radio show lasting 3 minutes.

Assessment: 2 exam style questions on the close study products and a practical project piece. Grades are averaged.

Study Leave

6

Focus on the key concept of Industries. Students will learn a range of theories and terms based on this area and applying them to a range of media products. Information on the theories and terms covered can be found here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subj...

A filming practical task where students will storyboard, film and edit a music video.

Assessment:  An industry research task project and a small filming practical task.

Close Study product topic of Music video. These are the music video pieces chosen by the exam board for study in preparation for the final exam. They will be analysed by applying the key concepts of industries and audiences.

A practical project in which students create their music video fitting one of the mock non-exam assessment briefs.

Assessment: 2 exam style questions on the close study products and a practical project piece. Grades are averaged.

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Term

IB Film (Year 12)

A Level Media (Year 12)

1

An introduction to film studies.

Student look at the key concepts of micro features and how to analyse film sequences. They also start to learn some film history and practical work.

2 Lessons on Analysis

2 Lesson on Practical

2 Lessons on History of film

Assessment: Students set an analysis task of a film of their choosing.

An introduction to the theoretical frameworks – this term will focus on the theoretical framework of Media Language.

The specification can be found here:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/reso...

Media language focus areas on pg 11-13

Assessment: exam style question on the topic area of media language.

2

Students continue to look at their analysis skills and develop their analysis into more detail in relation to audience response.

They also complete a practical task, including the production portfolio to accompany it.

2 Lessons on Analysis

2 Lesson on Practical

2 Lessons on History of film

Assessment: Production portfolio

Practical practice task. Students will undertake a practical piece on either internet, radio, television or magazines. They must complete an individual statement of intent and then work as a team to complete the piece.

Students will also start to apply the media language theoretical framework to products set by the exam board.

Assessment: Practical piece and application of media language to product.

3

Students start to develop a knowledge and understanding of topics to do with world cinema. They then choose their own world cinema research topic to produce a documentary script discussing the chosen issue.

2 Lessons on Analysis

2 Lesson on Practical

2 Lessons on World cinema

Assessment: documentary script

Students will start to look at the theoretical framework of audiences. This can be found here:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/reso...

pg 16-18.

Students will also be given a mock non-exam assessment brief. By the end of this term they should have completed the piece.

Assessment: exam style question on audiences and grade from mock non-exam assessment.

4

Students continue to develop a wider knowledge of the film industry across the world, looking in detail at comparisons between American and world cinema.

2 Lessons on Industries

2 Lesson on Practical

2 Lessons on World cinema

They will also be working on another practical portfolio, and this will need to be submitted this term.

Assessment: Production Portfolio

Students will start to look at the theoretical framework of representations. This can be found here:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/reso....

pg 13-15.

Students will now begin to apply these terms to close study products set by the exam board.

Assessment: exam style question on representation.

5

Student will return to looking at the key concepts of micro features and how to analyse film sequences. Now they will start to have to analyse a sequence from films chosen by the IB.

2 Lessons on Analysis

2 Lesson on Practical

2 Lessons on Film History

Assessment: Students to analyse a sequence from a set film.

Students will start to look at the theoretical framework of industries. This can be found here:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/reso...

pg 15-16.

Students will now begin to apply these terms to close study products set by the exam board.

Assessment: exam style question on industries.

6

 

 

 

Term

A Level Film (Year 13) (Final year 2018)

IB Film (Year 13) (2019 +)

A Level Media (Year 13) (2019 +)

1

Introduction to the coursework element. Students will be asked to choose their own research area in film for the small scale research project. For this they will be expected to complete a presentation and annotated catalogue.  Students taught research and study skills and where best to find reputable sources.

Students to start developing ideas for the creative element of the coursework, which can either be an 1800 word screenplay or a short film.

Assessment:  Coursework drafts of annotated catalogues

Specification can be found here:

http://www.wjec.co.uk/qual...

Students will start their final attempt at the production element of the course. This could be by improving their current practical productions or starting a new task. Either way the final piece must be finished at the end of the term.

Assessment: Production portfolio

The specification can be found here:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/reso...

Students will start to focus on the close study product areas of Television and magazines which they must look at in reference to all four theoretical frameworks: media language; representation; audiences and industries.

Assessment: exam style question on these close study product areas.

2

Students are to continue to developing their coursework. For their small scale research they should now be starting to create a presentation script of 1500 words that will need to be submitted.

For the creative coursework, students will now be expected to submit a rough edit.

They are also starting the exam topic of Urban Stories, which is section A of the final exam. The films studied for this unit are:

La Haine, Kassovitz, 1995

City of God, Merielles, 2000

Once Were Warriors, Tamahori, 1994.

Assessment: Coursework drafts of annotated catalogues, presentation script and a rough edit of creative project.

Mock exam question on section A – Urban Stories.

Students are to complete the analysis section of the course, having watched three films chosen by the exam board. From this they will pick a 5 minute sequence to complete a detailed theoretical analysis of.

They will also work on their documentary script comparing an aspect of world cinema with an area of mainstream cinema. This could be redraft of the one attempted last year.

Assessment: Analysis piece

Students will start to focus on the close study product areas of video games and online, social and participatory media which they must look at in reference to all four theoretical frameworks: media language; representation; audiences and industries.

Assessment: exam style question on these close study product areas.

3

Students are to finalise their coursework. For their small scale research they should now be ready to present early this term.

For the creative coursework, students will now be expected to submit a final cut.

They are also starting the exam topic of section B for the exam.

Assessment: Coursework and

Mock exam question on section A – Urban Stories.

Mock exam question on section B.

Students to finalise their knowledge and understanding of topics to do with world cinema. They complete their own world cinema research topic to produce a documentary script discussing the chosen issue.

Assessment: all coursework

Students will start to focus on the close study product areas of music videos and advertising and marketing which they must look at in reference to two theoretical frameworks: media language and representation.

Assessment: exam style question on these close study product areas.

4

Students will now start the final section of exam preparation, which is on the critical study film of Fight Club, Fincher, 1999.

Assessment: Mock exam

End of course

Students will start to focus on the close study product areas of radio and newspapers which they must look at in reference to two theoretical frameworks: audiences and industries.

Assessment: exam style question on these close study product areas.

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