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Media Studies A Level at Herne Bay High School

Course description

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During the course students will analyse a range of media products from nine media forms- Advertising and Marketing, Music Videos, Radio, Newspapers, Magazines, Film, Television, Video Games and Online Participatory media.

Students will engage with a variety of texts studying and applying the four areas of the theoretical framework:

  1. Media Language- a study of genre codes and conventions, exploring how meaning is created.

  2. Media Representation- the way events, issues and individuals are represented in the media.

  3. Media Industries- a study into the institutions creating texts- ownership, production, distribution and circulation.

  4. Media Audiences- looking at how audiences are grouped and categorised and the changing role of audiences.

Students will explore wider contexts through the study of texts from different historical periods and global settings whilst gaining an understanding of emerging and future developments of the media.

30% of students overall grade will require students to independently create a media production applying their knowledge and understanding of the four key areas.

Entry requirements

Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4/A*-C, including Maths, English (minimum Grade 4)

 

Assessment

AS Level Media Studies

Component 1- Investigating the Media

35% of total AS Level

Written Examination-

In Section A students investigate Media Language and Representation

In Section B students investigate Media Industries and Audiences.

May 2019

Component 2- Investigating Media Forms and Products

35% of total AS Level

Written Examination-

Students explore three media forms through close analysis of set products applying their knowledge of the four areas of the theoretical framework.

May 2019

Component Three

30% of total AS Level

Non-Exam Assessment-

Students will respond to a choice of briefs set, applying their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework in the creation of a media product.

Terms 3&4

A Level Media Studies

Component 1- Media Products, Industries and Audiences

35% of total A Level

Written Examination-

In Section A students analyse Media Language and Representation

In Section B students investigate Media Industries and Audiences.

May 2020

Component 2-  Media Forms and Products in Depth

35% of total A Level

Written Examination-

  1. paper will focus on the study of in-depth media of Television in the Global Age, magazines- Mainstream and Alternative Media and Media in the Online Age.

May 2020

Creating a Cross Media Production

Non Exam Assessment

30% of total A Level

Non-Exam Assessment-

Students will respond a choice of media production briefs, applying their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework in the creation of a media product made for an intended audience.

Terms 3&4 2020

 

Financial information

There may be charges for trips or visits etc

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as English or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Media Studies, which could lead onto higher education to study Media, related courses within the Arts an Humanities, or more general higher education courses. With Further training, you could go into a job related to media such as a Journalist, News Reporter, TV Producer, Public Relations Officer You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the media and Communication sectors. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as English, to prepare for higher education in Media-related courses, related courses in the Arts or Humanities, or more general higher education courses. With Further training, you could go into a job related to media such as a Journalist, News Reporter, TV Producer, Public Relations Officer The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the media and Communication sectors. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as English, to prepare for higher education in Media-related courses, related courses in the Arts or Humanities, or more general higher education courses. With Further training, you could go into a job related to media such as a Journalist, News Reporter, TV Producer, Public Relations Officer The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the media and Communication sectors.

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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