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Media Studies at The Joseph Rowntree School

Course description

AS UNIT 1 - MEDIA (MS1) REPRESENTATIONS & RESPONSES
Focussing on representations & audience responses this unit encourages students to explore media through a study of genre, narrative & representation & make connections between the texts & audience responses to them.

In the developing area of interactive media, this involves considering the audience & their interaction with texts. The representations of social/cultural groups, events, issues & their underlying messages & values will be explored using a range of approaches.

AS UNIT 2 - MEDIA PRODUCTION PROCESSES (MS2)
This unit is designed to enable candidates to demonstrate knowledge, understanding & skills in media production processes through research, planning, production and evaluation.

A2 UNIT 3 - MEDIA INVESTIGATION AND PRODUCTION (MS3)
You are required to undertake an individual investigation of 1400-1800 words into a specific area of study that is interest to you. The focus of the investigation must be one of: genre, narrative or representation. This piece of work is an academic research-based study which will allow you to explore an area of the media of your choice in detail.

Your findings will then inform a piece of media production, again of your own choice, followed by an evaluation discussing the links between the research investigation and the production. This is not a taught unit although you will be using skills you learned at AS. You will be expected to take responsibility for your work in this element of the course.

A2 UNIT 4 - MEDIA: TEXT, INDUSTRY AND AUDIENCE (MS4)
This is synoptic assessment bringing together all areas of the course. You are required to demonstrate your understanding of the connections between different elements: the media texts you study, the audiences that consume and respond to them and the industries which produce and distribute them.

Entry requirements

To be successful at A-Level, students need to achieve an average points score of 38, which is broadly equivalent to 5 GCSE grades A*-C

Minimum of GCSE grade C in English Language and Media (if taken)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Joseph Rowntree School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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