More Handouts

Thanks to those who came in today. I hope you found it as useful as I did. 🙂

Here are a couple of extra handouts that we used/discussed today. You’ve either had these in paper form, or they have been on the blog at the appropriate time, but here they are to give you some more pointers and notes…


I’ll be around periods 3, 4 and 6 tomorrow if you want to come in. 🙂

Role of Media – May 2017

Media Revision Notes

Key Aspects Booklet and Glossary

Propp Intro

Role of Media – November 2015 PRINT

Ooops! Almost forgot to add this one… It’s a work in progress, so is not complete, but it’ll hopefully point you in the right direction for things we’ve covered.

Role of the Media – UNIT


I’ve been busy with these for you… they are mostly broken down to point you at the correct part of the course/notes and also to point you at what you could say for the tasks.

In no particular order… (Click the link to download. All files are PDFs)

SQA Revision Multiple Egs

Media Revision Notes

2017 – PQD Overview

I will be running a study support/exam prep session tomorrow from 9 -> 1 or 2 depending on demand/need. I’m planning to tackle Q1 periods 1&2, and Q2 (Role of Media) periods 3&4. I’ll also be running a similar session Tuesday periods 3&4 and lunchtime. Basically, if you have questions, come in and ask! 😉


Just a wee note to help you and that came as a result of a question…

In essence:
Internal factors relate to choices the producer makes for their own reasons or that they have control over. (e.g.: Band image/producer’s target audience/casting/budget/etc)
External factors relate to things outwith the control of the producer but which the producer has to bear in mind such as Codes of Practice (from CAP), working conditions must comply with relevant legislation (e.g.: Health and Safety), regulatory bodies (e.g.: BBFC/ASA/the Law!),  and so on…
In general terms, when you made the poster, you had internal factors to consider such as actors (who you have control over), budget, software, lighting, equipment, etc… but while making it, you have also had to be aware of (and possibly made changes to comply with) external factors such as making sure your poster is legal, decent, honest and truthful… etc.
So in short… an internal factor is one that a producer controls, and external factor is one that someone else controls… yes, they sometimes cross over, but keep it simple… stick with the obvious!

Final example from PQD:

Internal: The producers choose the cast (Terence Stamp)
External: The BBFC issue the classification certificate (15)
And a cross over: The producers approve the script (and allow bad words) which is an internal factor but as a result of their decisions, the BBFC give it a 15 certificate which is an external factor.

QUIZLET Available

I’ve managed to get Quizlet up and running. At the moment, there are only a few bits and pieces available, and almost no pictures, but I’ll add to it as we go… and feel free to give me suggestions!

Click to join Quizlet Study Aids

There are 3 short ‘sets’ available on Narrative Structure, Seven Plots and Importance of Audience. There’s also a massive set with the complete glossary from the back of your course book turned into flashcards that you can study and quiz yourself on. It’s ridiculously big… honestly… like “pure mad mental” big… but still worth working on! I will sort out a few smaller sub-sets based on it for you very shortly (as in, when I can work out how to create sub-sets), but I think you should still make a start ‘playing with it…

As a bonus, Quizlet have a free iOS and Android App so you can study as you go…


Quizlet Up And Running… I Think!

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I think this should work!?! I’ve set up a Quizlet revision class which should help you practice and become more familiar with the terminology you will need to know as we progress. I’m not exaggerating when I say that becoming comfortable with what is, essentially, a new vocabulary is fundamental to doing well in the course. Honest. I’m really not.

Now… if this works, the link below should take you to a ‘join’ page where you will need to create a (free!) student account. You can use an existing email, or (and I’d seriously recommend this) set up a new Gmail account (other providers are available!) which you only use for studying… and you can carry this on to Uni/College as well. It’s a good idea to keep school/Uni/work stuff separate from your “real”/personal email.

The Link:

Now… you can help me. This is the first time I’ve used Quizlet, and I haven’t seen what it’ll be like from your end as I can only sign in as a teacher. I would really appreciate anyone who can leave a comment here after trying it to see how it is from a learner’s point-of-view.

And be kind… this is a very basic set covering the 7 narrative structures we’ve been looking at. I know that Quizlet is capable of much more, but it’ll take me a few quizzes to get up to speed with all it can do.

Enjoy, and feel free to suggest topics and/or improvements… 🙂