GCSE (B322) Textual Analysis and Media Studies Topic (Moving Image)

GCSE Media Studies is assessed through two Controlled Assessment projects and one examination. The full title of the exam is (B322) Textual Analysis and Media Studies Topic (Moving Image).

The examination lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes and is worth 40% of the total GCSE marks.

The examination is divided into two sections and there are a total of 80 marks available. The exam will begin with a 30 minute DVD during which time you are allowed to make notes but not write your final answers. This effectively means that you have 75 minutes to earn the 80 possible marks – use the number of marks given in brackets at the end of each question to suggest the maximum amount of time you should spend on that question.

  • Section A of the GCSE Media Studies exam is called Textual Analysis. You will answer three questions and there are a total of 50 marks available.
    • Question 1 asks about genre features. There are 10 marks available, so spend no longer than 10 minutes on your answer.
    • Question 2 asks about soundtrack, editing, mise-en-scene, and camerawork. There are 20 marks available, so spend no longer than 20 minutes on your answer.
    • Question 3 asks about representations and stereotypes. There are 20 marks available, so spend no longer than 20 minutes on your answer.
  • Section B of the GCSE Media Studies exam is called Television Comedy. You will answer one question, split into two parts, and there are a total of 30 marks available.
    • Question 4 (a) asks about the scheduling of two comedy programmes. There are 15 marks available, so spend no longer than 15 minutes on your answer.
    • Question 4 (b) asks about audience pleasures in one comedy programme. There are 15 marks available, so spend no longer than 15 minutes on your answer.
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