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Media Studies - AS / A level at St Benedict's Catholic School

Course description

This course is offered to St Benedict's students at County Upper School.

At AS level, the course gives an introduction to analysing a range of media texts across the three media platforms of Broadcasting, Print and E-media paying particular attention to the role that representation plays in the media.  The coursework element gives students the opportunity to explore media issues in a creative context and to develop research and production skills.   The course develops the ability to read texts with understanding apply theory and explore the key concepts within the media through a study of genre, narrative and representation.  Students are examined on their knowledge of the topic in a terminal exam. To complete the A level, the final examination requires students to answer questions on the study they have made of a range of texts from three media industries and on industry and audience issues.  Students also undertake, as coursework, a critical investigation focused on genre, narrative or representation and produce a linked product.

Entry requirements

Students are expected to have gained at least grade B in English and English Literature or in English and Media at GCSE.

Assessment

Assessment

 

Unit

 

 

 

% AS

% A

1 (MS1)

AS

Written examination

Representations and

Responses

2 ½ hours

Taken in June of year 12

50

25

2 (MS2)

AS

Coursework

Media Production

Processes

Submitted

50

25

3 (MS3)

A2

Coursework

Media: Critical Perspectives

Submitted

 

25

4 (MS4)

A2

Written examination

Media: Text, Industry and Audience

2 ½ hours

Taken in June of year 13

 

25

 

Future opportunities

Students can proceed to a degree or further education course in media studies, film studies, journalism and the A level is also a supporting subject for many arts related courses. There are career possibilities in all aspects of the media.

 

Further information

Teaching and Learning styles

Students will respond to stimulus material in three ways:

Written:             including research portfolios, case studies, critical analysis and evaluative reports.

Practical:          options to produce moving image, print and e-media.

Oral:                 through seminar discussion, presentation of research and case studies undertaken both individually and as part of a group.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Benedict's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2017
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