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AQA 8572 GCSE Media Studies Unit 2 NEA SOL Teacher

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday November 29, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE

Like the Edusites Core Units, this NEA section involves exploring:

  • The role and manipulation of media language
  • The representations in these products
  • Issues of audience
  • Institutional issues such as genre, branding, regulation
  • How the media creates or represents attitudes, behaviours and beliefs

Access to the internet is essential for using the lesson slides and meet the Assessment Objectives.

Some lessons lend themselves to being divided into more than one session. Where this is possible/desirable it is indicated in this Scheme of Learning. You will, of course, have a much greater understanding of the needs, capacities, pace of your students and make these decisions where you feel most appropriate to their needs.

Lesson 1: NEA Applying Research

Slides 1-22


  • Knowledge : To develop ideas about the NEA briefs
  • Learning : To evolve ideas of researching media by applying acquired skills
  • Understanding : To develop understanding by analysis of NEA portfolio products

Starter/Loop Activity (5 minutes)

Slide 3: Task 1A Pupils asked to consider the question from the Lesson Resource: Cover of GQ magazine February 2018: what kind of media product is this? How do we know?

Prepare the Learning (5 minutes)

Share the objectives. Remind students of the objectives we are working towards meeting, and that this unit is designed to help them prepare for the two papers of the examination as much as it is their NEA. All skills and strategies are transferable.

Construct the Learning (20 minutes)

Slides 5-6: this is very important – the NEA work is about personal research. The lessons are starting places, jumping off points that indicate ways and means of conducting research – there are no ‘answers’ here. They must take the ideas and work them into their own personal research and product.

Slides 7-9: Review as necessary the structure of the AQA NEA and the requirement to Research and Construct media products prescribed by the...

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