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OCR GCSE Media Studies: Unit 2: SSP Teacher SOL

Barry Rainsford | Wednesday February 17, 2016

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE

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Approaches to teaching the OCR Content

At GCSE, the requirement for the OCR examination differentiates itself from the other boards in what are termed Set 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 Set Product Units, are designed to build on the learning acquired in each term’s Edusites Core Unit. Each of the Set units tackles one or two of the prescribed products that seem to best fit into the work of that term. This second OCR Set Product Unit focuses on the Observer Paper 1 Section B, as they provide a relatively straightforward way into the idea of these Set Products and follow on from Unit 1 which looked at Paper 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. In Core Unit 2: Representation we consider ideas and models on this contentious issue. All of these are key in the Set Products selected for this second OCR unit. As we move into Term 3 studying Core Unit 3: Media Audience the learning in this unit will also serve to provide a bridge to that Media Framework element. Later in...

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