Course structure: This Course is made up of two mandatory Units. The two Units, taken together, include the skills of analysing and creating media content. This Course provides the opportunity to integrate these skills because analysis and creation are inextricably linked. Each Unit also offers opportunities for learners to focus on particular skills. Units are statements of standards for assessment and not programmes of learning and teaching. They can be delivered in a number of ways.
Analysing Media Content (National 5)
The purpose of this Unit is to develop the skills to analyse media content. This Unit provides learners with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of media contexts, roles and the key aspects of media literacy central to the detailed analysis of media content.
Creating Media Content (National 5)
The purpose of this Unit is to develop the skills to plan and create media content, and evaluate production processes. This Unit provides learners with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of media literacy central to creating media content.
Both units are internally assessed.
- Component 1 — question paper 50 marks
- Component 2 — assignment 50 marks
- Total marks 100 marks
Structure and Coverage of the Course Assessment
The Course assessment will consist of two Components: a question paper and an assignment. The question paper will have one Section. The assignment will have two Sections.
Component 1 — Question Paper
The purpose of this question paper is to assess the learner’s ability to apply knowledge and understanding by analysing media content in context. This question paper will give learners an opportunity to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and understanding:
- Analysis of familiar media content in context.
- Analysis of the role of media within society.
- Applying knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of media literacy.
- This question paper will have 50 marks (50% of the total mark).
This question paper has one Section.
Learners will answer questions on familiar media content. Marks will be awarded for the learner’s analysis of media content in context, the role of media, and applying knowledge and understanding of the relevant key aspects of media literacy.
Component 2 — Assignment
The purpose of the assignment is to assess the learner’s ability to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired throughout the Course in a production of media content. Learners will carry out an assignment set by SQA, using a brief negotiated in centre.
This assignment will give learners an opportunity to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and understanding of production techniques in an assignment which:
- Requires consideration of possibilities and problem solving in planning and production processes.
- Requires application of knowledge and understanding of the relevant key aspects of media literacy.
- Requires the learner to evaluate the impact of actual or likely constraints on media content.
The assignment will have 50 marks (50% of the total mark). This assignment has two Sections.
Section 1: Planning (25 marks)
In response to a negotiated brief, learners will research and plan media content, and consider the impact of actual or likely constraints.
Section 2: Development (25 marks)
Learners will make the planned media content and explain their use of media codes to create impact or convey connotations. Marks will be awarded for the learner’s ability to research and generate ideas appropriate to the brief, develop and justify media content choices and evaluate the impact of actual or likely constraints on the media content.
Both elements are externally assessed.
Conditions of Award:
To gain the award of the Course, the learner must pass all of the Units as well as the Course assessment. Course assessment will provide the basis for grading attainment in the Course award.