Teaching Dual Certification : GCSE English/Media Studies
Many departments nationally have realised that, for some
of their students, offering dual certification in GCSE English and
Media Studies is more sensible than the English/Literature pairing.
This approach seems to have the following advantages:
- It tends to improve the statistical profile of A*-C grades
of the English department.
- It addresses the area of boys under-achievement and improves
- The range of text types studied is much more varied. As
well as the novels, plays and poetry studied for English, students
longer on the process of producing and analysing moving image or
ICT based texts
- The course content of Media Studies has more appeal and
contemporary resonance for a significant number of KS4 pupils.
This course ran successfully in a number of venues throughout the
country. This year’s course takes a similar approach
and is designed to provide:
- a clear framework for how such a course
- some resources to support teaching of the coursework
- a chance for “hands-on” experience
of digital video editing.
What does the course cover?
The course is based on the use of the AQA Specification A English
GCSE and the AQA Media Studies GCSE. The day consists of three sessions:
1. What is involved running dual certification GCSE course in English
and Media Studies?
- The session will provide an overview of the
issues and suggest a
course structure based on actual case studies of successful
of students’ coursework
assignments in Media
Studies will be discussed and grades
will be exlained,
the direct links between
2. What can we do when teaching
- A range of practical classroom activities to use
when teaching will be explored, including
work on Newspapers, Advertsing and Pop Music.
Resources provided will include a free CD ROM and free DVD.
3. Digital video editing.
- A hands-on practical “taster” workshop
on digital video editing will give course members the
chance to try their hand at editing using inexpensive editing
Venues will include courses at:
- Tue 18th January: Newcastle
- Wed 19th January: Leeds
- Thu 20th January: Manchester
- Tue 1st February: Southampton
- Tue 8th February: Birmingham
- Wed 9th February: Bristol
- Tue 1st March: London
The dMEC is happy to support any departments interested in improving
their English GCSE provision in this way. We can offer:
- School based training. This could be sessions looking at the way
a course could be implemented or more practical "hands on" training
in video making or graphics/layout. Half or full day training courses
can be arranged to suit the needs of your school/department
- Coursework suggestions for those wanting to make the best use
of the "dual" route to improve standards in English and
Media Studies and the resources to implement them
- Attendance at the one day course detailed above.
Evaluations from last year showed 100% Good or Very Good. Some
typical comments were:
- Wonderful! Very practical. Tutors very supportive and helpful.
I feel inspired! (Helen, Weston Fairfields High , Droylesden)
MUCH better than naff NOF training. (Rosie Adams, Graham School,
- Superb. Ready to start course now! Great to have such a sharply
focused day, practical info. And also using software. Rare to leave
so satisfied! (Ginnie O’Farrell, Whitley Bay High School)
- Very useful info on how Dual cert media/lang might work in
practice. Great potential in engaging kids again at KS4 (a big issue
raising achievement. Practical workshop very useful also. Many
thanks! (Christopher Crick. Literacy Co-ordinator for Peterlee
Tutor for sessions 1 and 2. As well as leading the DCS digital Media
Education team, Martin has been Chief Moderator for A/AS level Media
Studies and is currently an Assistant Principal Moderator for AQA GCSE
English. He has written a variety of books and articles on English
and Media Studies teaching, most recently GCSE Media Studies for Heinemann
and was the consultant for the BBC English File series Reading
Tutor for session 3. Tim is Adviser for Digital Media for DCS and DfES
consultant for videoconferencing. He also works with the TTA, developing
the use of new technology to support early language learning. He is
the co-author of the book Videoconferencing in the Classroom.
A place on the course costs £145 and includes a variety
of notes and teaching materials which will be of immediate
use in the classroom. Your school or college will be invoiced.