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OCR GCSE Media Studies: Unit 3 SSP Teacher SOL

Barry Rainsford | Wednesday August 26, 2015

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE

Approaches to teaching the OCR content

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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.

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 OCR Set Product Unit focuses on Paper 2 Section A: Music Video Comparisons and Radio 1 Live Lounge. In the Core Media Framework units already studied we focused on developing the toolkit for tackling products and meaning. 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 Framework evolves.

The assumption here is that the centre is able to meet the requirements of each of the examination boards for student access to the necessary equipment (computers/software) to construct the set products. This requires access to print, image manipulation, film editing and e-media website design software. The work also assumes that students are taught such software by the centre.

For some lessons access to the internet is essential/works best for that lesson’s objectives and teaching point and may require that you book your...

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