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Interactive Media

Mrs. K. Hosey

Head of Department

Course Information is being finalised at the moment and will be available on the 11th Jan 2023.

The Reasons For Studying This Subject: 

It is impossible to over-emphasise the significance of the media in our lives today.  Studying the media will give you the skills to analyse media texts (both print and moving image); understand how the texts are produced; develop investigative, critical thinking and decision-making skills through consideration of issues that are important, real and relevant to you; develop your appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in society. Controlled Assessment will allow you to become a media producer in your own right when you plan, film and edit a piece for Television. The skills you learn will help to prepare you for further study in the subject at BTEC or A level and help you to access an increasing number of exciting and creative careers.

What You Will BStudying:

  • Types of interactive media, for example websites, eLearning platforms, mobile apps, interactive television, interactive video, augmented reality, virtual reality.
  • How these texts appeal to and are influenced by their audiences and how audiences use them.
  • How to research, plan, produce and evaluate your own interactive media product.

You Will Learn The Following Skills:

  • How to analyse the language of interactive media texts
  • How to analyse the production of interactive media texts
  • How to reflect on the relationship between interactive media texts and their audience
  • How to research, plan, produce and evaluate an interactive media text

How You Will BAssessed:

Exam 40% – 1 hour 30 minute exam including a mix of multiple choice, short and long answer questions

Non-Examined Assessment (coursework) 60% – an individual interactive media production piece

General Comments 

Nearly every area of work has some contact with or involvement in the media, whether that be through promotion, production, or understanding of the influences the media have on the world. This GCSE course contributes to an understanding of the media that will allow you to make informed judgements both of your future courses and employment prospects. It is both analytical and creative and fits well alongside any other Option Choice. It also leads in to either A Level or BTEC Media courses in the Sixth Form. 

Students opting for this course will not be able to opt for the alternative GCSE Media course. 

Careers In Media

There are a wealth of different areas linked to jobs in the media from journalist, to researcher to TV or radio presenter. The 3 key skills you need are working cooperatively with others, using imagination to generate new ideas and being able to set real goals and devise a route to achieving them. However, most jobs nowadays need an understanding of how the Media works whether that is for a media-specific career or in a company that wishes to promote itself.

The LMI for All portal provides high quality, reliable Labour Market Information – see link below:

You can find out about average salary and how the workforce is projected to change. For example, within journalism the workforce is projected to grow by 5.7% over the period to 2027, creating 5,100 jobs. In the same period, 56.1% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 49,900 job openings.

Learning Pathways

Pathways at 16

Media can lead into A Level English, Media Studies, Performing Arts and vocational courses in production and design.

Pathways at 18

Example degrees are Digital Media, Media and Communication Studies, Film Studies, Culture and Technology and Media Management and Apprenticeships in Events, Digital Marketing or Media Assistant.