Qualification type: GCSE
Exam board: WJEC
Course code: 603/1115/0
Contact: Mrs Brass –

Media is about communication, particularly mass communication with lots of people. The media creates products that are designed to entertain and inform, created for lots of people to hear, watch or read, often at roughly the same time. Whenever you are watching television, streaming films, scrolling through social media or listening to a podcast, you are consuming media.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will consist of a mixture of examinations and non-examined assessment.

Component 1: Written examination:

1 hour 30 mins, 40% of qualification.

Component 2: Written examination:

1 hour 30 mins, 30% of qualification.

Component 3: Non-exam assessment:

Media Production, 30% of qualification

What will I study?

As a GCSE Media student, you will analyse how media products like TV programmes and music videos use images, sounds, language, and representations to create meaning. You will learn about the media industry and how the industry affects how media products are made. You will investigate media audiences, exploring who are the people who watch, read and consume the products, and considering how different people may be affected by media products differently, and why.
You will study lots of different media forms, such as:

  • Television
  • Online media
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Film marketing
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Social and participatory media
  • Music videos
  • Radio
  • Video games

Career opportunities

• Media planner
• Multimedia specialist
• Programme researcher
• Broadcasting/film/video
• Public relations officer
• Runner broadcasting/film/video
• Television/film/video producer