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AQA GCSE Media Studies

Unit 2 Controlled Assessment: Research and Planning Activity Pack

Handouts and worksheets help your students through their Research and Planning for Assignments 1 & 2 (AO3). Covers all the platforms so they can choose the assignments that suit them.

  • Research checklists ensure students cover everything
  • Planning handouts explain how to plan for each platform
  • Structured worksheets help them work through planning tasks step-by-step
  • Glossaries and key terms activities – make sure the terminology sinks in!

Plus: Detailed teacher’s notes – tips and strategies from an experienced Head of Media


  • TV & Film
  • Radio
  • Print
  • Web

Resources for:

• Storyboards • Screen & radio scripts
• Designing a radio show • Magazine articles • Magazine covers • Music press releases • Print adverts • Webpage design

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (4376)
"The planning is also very clear with an expectation of what students will need to provide... The Checklists are very structured and will ensure that each student does his/her best... The glossaries for all the guided sections are very detailed and would certainly provide a depth of knowledge for students to be able to access. Also the storyboarding guidance is good, especially where it shows how to indicate panning, movement of character, which is something I am never to sure on... very structured guidance with activities which are exciting and relevant to the real world. All provide the skills and structure to enable a student to work independently on the three assignments." — S Crawte, Head of Media & Independent Reviewer
"I thought it was useful to those new to teaching Media and also helpful with the terminology, the clear worksheets for students to aim high and also the clear directives on intensive preparation for practical aspects of the course... I liked the fact it covered all the controlled assessment choices for Media and also used a generic approach rather than look at specific examples of CAs as these update every two years so this resource will continue to stand the test of time... It enables students to prepare thoroughly for the practical CAs and aim to get the higher grades by ensuring all aspects of preparatory work have been covered... Matches the AQA specification very well- the author has comprehensively addressed the points of practical preparation and demonstrated with the spec mark scheme how they match." — P Ault, Media Studies Teacher & Independent Reviewer
"The resource was good as it considered a range of tasks that could be utilised for unit 2... I liked the planning sheets for the typography as this was useful in getting students to have a clear idea of design and purpose. The keywords were particularly helpful too." — C Walters, Media Coordinator & Independent Reviewer
"I liked the whole radio Section which I thought particularly well done." — P Holmes, Media Studies Teacher & Independent Reviewer

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