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AQA GCSE Media Studies: Unit 2: CSP Teacher SOL

Barry Rainsford | Thursday February 04, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE

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Approaches to teaching the AQA Content

At GCSE, the requirement for the AQA examination differentiates itself from the other boards in what are termed Close Study Products – a series of media products that students are required to study in detail and a supporting array of other products that students are ‘advised’ to consider.

Like the Edusites Core Units that deal with teaching the Media Framework, the work here 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

The work and ideas in this unit, like those of the subsequent CSP Units, are designed to build on the learning acquired in each term’s Edusites Core Unit. Each of the CSP units tackles one or two of the prescribed products that seem to best fit into the work of that term. This second AQA CSP Unit focuses on the CSP products AQA have selected for Paper One Section A for 2019 examination – the Galaxy Chauffeur advert was covered in Unit 1. In the Core Unit 1: Media Language studied in the first term we focused on developing the toolkit for tackling close readings of print products and the elements of mise-en-scene and anchorage of meaning. All of these are key in the CSP products selected for this second CSP unit. The work in Term 2 studying Core unit 2: Media Representations will provide a bridge to evolving the Media Framework elements. Later in the course we will be revisiting these products in order to add levels of depth and breadth to our understanding as our knowledge and learning of the Media...

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