Media Studies - AS / A level at St Benedict's Catholic School
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.
Students are expected to have gained at least grade B in English and English Literature or in English and Media at GCSE.
2 ½ hours
Taken in June of year 12
Media: Critical Perspectives
Media: Text, Industry and Audience
2 ½ hours
Taken in June of year 13
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.
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.