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Media Studies A level at Valentines High School

Course description

Year 12 AS Outline

Two units are available in Year 12. Both are worth 50% of the AS mark. Coursework is a practical exercise and is made up of a preliminary task followed by the main task (opening sequence to a feature film). An evaluation has to be produced in electronic form. The examination covers the concepts of representation, audience and institution. These are examined through a textual analysis (TV Drama) and a case study (Film Industry).

Year 13 A2 Outline

As with the AS, two units are available for study. Both are worth 50% of the A2 mark. Coursework is a practical exercise which consists of a portfolio, comprising of a main (production of Music Video) and ancillary tasks (website and digipack), with a presentation of research, planning and evaluation on a personal blog. The examination comprises of two sections; a theoretical evaluation of the production and a discussion on contemporary media issues.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in Media Studies if taken and English language.

Assessment

AS: Year 12

The coursework is internally examined and externally moderated by OCR. The examination is externally marked.

A2 Year 13

The coursework is internally examined and externally moderated by OCR. The examination is externally marked.

Future opportunities

It is possible to study for a Media Studies degree or similar course. Media Studies A Level is also a useful qualification if you wish to apply for any of a number of degree courses in the Arts, Humanities and Social Services. Media Studies does not necessarily open the door into the world of the media but some of our past students have gone on to careers in advertising, production and journalism. Media Studies will give you a critical understanding of the mass media, which are an extremely important part of modern society. The more we progress into the twenty-first century, the more media literate we need to be.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Valentines High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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