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  1. 1. Aims <ul><li>To gain a clear understanding of the GCSE exam </li></ul>
  2. 2. Topic <ul><li>The exam topic for June 2011 is </li></ul><ul><li>action-adventure films . </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Assessment Objectives <ul><li>AO1: </li></ul><ul><li>Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed. </li></ul><ul><li>AO3: </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate research, planning and presentation skills. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>AO4: </li></ul><ul><li>Construct and evaluate their own products using creative and technical skills. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Exam guidance <ul><li>The external assessment carries 40% of the total marks available for GCSE Media Studies (Single Award) </li></ul><ul><li>The date and time of the external assessment of Action Adventure films is Monday 13 June 2011 (pm) for one and a half hours </li></ul><ul><li>Students will be issued the brief 4 weeks prior to the examination </li></ul><ul><li>The 2011 brief will be issued to students on or shortly after Monday 16 May 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>The brief will provide students with a contextualised scenario. The examination will require students to respond to four tasks in role. The tasks will be based on the contextualised scenario provided in the brief </li></ul><ul><li>From 16 May students are expected to consolidate their knowledge and understanding of Action Adventure films by completing independent research and preparation in response to the given brief. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Exam <ul><li>Unit 1: Investigating the Media Written Paper - 1 hour 30 mins - 60 marks - 40% External Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Based on a pre-released topic with guidance and stimulus. </li></ul><ul><li>Task 1: Knowledge and Understanding. </li></ul><ul><li>Task 2: Research, Planning and Presentation; Production and Evaluation. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Preparation <ul><li>You will have 3 timetabled preparation sessions in school during study leave </li></ul><ul><li>Session 1: the brief is issued and discussed </li></ul><ul><li>Session 2: teacher feedback on your draft preparations (class) </li></ul><ul><li>Session 3: Final teacher session (15 mins 1 to 1) </li></ul><ul><li>This is a school/ exam board requirement </li></ul><ul><li>Further details will follow in class and on your exam timetable </li></ul>
  7. 7. Key Concepts <ul><li>Media Language: Forms and conventions </li></ul><ul><li>Institution </li></ul><ul><li>Audience </li></ul><ul><li>Representation </li></ul>
  8. 8. This translates as: <ul><li>The influence of Hollywood </li></ul><ul><li>The production, distribution and marketing of action-adventure films to global audiences </li></ul><ul><li>The enduring appeal and success of the genre </li></ul><ul><li>The nature of the genre of action-adventure and its sub-genres </li></ul><ul><li>The representation of men and women in action-adventure films, as well as places and events </li></ul>
  9. 9. Essential criteria for Level 5 or 6 <ul><li>For the higher levels, your task responses will need </li></ul><ul><li>to: </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge negative or outdated stereotypes </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate understanding of the diverse </li></ul><ul><li>society in which we live </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate understanding of contemporary </li></ul><ul><li>media technology and audience consumption </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate a high level of presentational skill </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate creativity and imagination </li></ul><ul><li>And you will be under significant time pressure!! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Examiners will reward the following: <ul><li>In ‘role’ response </li></ul><ul><li>Personal engagement with the brief </li></ul><ul><li>Reference to the brief </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding of technological influences </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding of social influences </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence of independent research and independent learning </li></ul><ul><li>A range of examples (breadth not depth) </li></ul><ul><li>Originality of thought </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding of the development of the genre </li></ul>
  11. 11. To recap: The Exam <ul><li>The exam materials will be issued to you four weeks before the exam. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be issued with a brief (see sample) </li></ul><ul><li>You won’t see any tasks/questions until the exam itself </li></ul><ul><li>The exam will last 1 hour and 30 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>You will have to complete 2 main tasks in response to the brief </li></ul><ul><li>Advance preparations will be based on our expectations of the likely tasks </li></ul>
  12. 12. Fans of the genre <ul><li>Pre-knowledge of the genre can be helpful </li></ul><ul><li>Could also be a hindrance </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid time-wasting on showing off </li></ul><ul><li>‘ everything you know’ about a particular film </li></ul><ul><li>It is more important to engage with the key </li></ul><ul><li>concepts and the relevant learning than it is to be an </li></ul><ul><li>action-adventure ‘geek’ </li></ul><ul><li>If you are, put your knowledge to good use </li></ul><ul><li>in terms of creative and independent research and </li></ul><ul><li>preparation, but avoid being sidetracked OR </li></ul><ul><li>sidetracking others in class </li></ul>