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Media Studies A2 OCR at Sandown Bay Academy

Course description

The media plays an important part in our lives. The course explores the way media texts such as newspapers, magazines, television, radio, film, advertising and new media manufacture and circulate meaning, focusing on the concepts of audience, representation, language, institution and ideology. This four-unit course, spread over 2 years (for the Advanced GCE qualification), integrates theoretical and practical approaches to Media Studies. The course is assessed by examination at the ends of Year 12 and 13 and by practical coursework which is submitted at the end of each Spring Term. Students will be offered opportunities to supplement their learning experiences through cultural visits and practical application of skills. Most recently students have benefited from media tours of New York and Los Angeles and worked alongside the BBC South production team at the 2007 Bestival on the Isle of Wight. H540 (A2) Unit G324: Coursework Advanced Portfolio in Media. (25% of total A2 marks) Brief: A synoptic unit; a media product and publicity (using video and print media); a presentation of research in an electronic format e.g. a blog Unit G325: (2 hour written exam – 25% of total A2 marks). Brief: A synoptic unit: Section A Theoretical Evaluation of AS & A2 Productions Section B Contemporary Media Issues – Collective Identity Issues: Youth Culture and Outsiders in British film and television EXTRA FEATURES: Opportunities to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities e.g. university workshops, conferences, work experience and visits at home and abroad, and talks by practitioners and lecturers in school.

Entry requirements

Relevant AS qualification

Future opportunities

POSSIBLE PROGRESSION: Many universities offer a wide range of media-based courses, both practical and theoretical, preparing students for careers ranging from journalism to film/TV production and new media. SUGGESTED SUBJECT COMBINATIONS: Subjects which are particularly useful to study alongside Media Studies: •Art •Photography •Drama/Theatre Studies •Sociology •Psychology 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

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandown Bay Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year