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Media Studies A Level at North Leamington School

Course description

This course is a rigorous look at the role of the different media in modern society, and its influence on the way we think, conceptualise reality, spend our money, and live. Although it would be ideal for those wishing to follow careers in the media areas outlined below, the course’s practical element also appeals to students of an imaginative or creative disposition, and those looking for careers which will involve a lot of contact with the media. We aim to produce students who can analyse the media critically and autonomously, take an interest in current affairs, and are able to use their knowledge to create examples of their own work using the different media. Media Studies and Film Studies are an excellent complement to each other, and contribute towards each other significantly

Course content

Paper 1 – Issues and Debates (35%)

External exam lasting two hours

Students will study the four key frameworks of media studies, namely; media language, media representations, media audiences and media industries. Paper 1 demands that the students apply this knowledge to issues and debates arising from this study and that they use their wide knowledge of the media to explore these issues. The issues and debates will be centred around a pre-released topic for the examination. There is a range of questions from short answer responses through to longer discursive responses.

Paper 2 – Media Analysis (35%)

External exam lasting two hours

Over the course the students will study a series of Close Study Products which they will analyse through the lens of the four media studies frameworks. The examination paper is centred on assessing skills of analysis with the students referring to these texts and others that they have studied. Once again, the examination questions will range from short responses testing knowledge to longer discursive responses.

Paper 3 – Making a Media Product (30%)

Non-examined assessment

This component will require the candidates to demonstrate their ability to apply the media frameworks when creating media products. Students will choose from a set of briefs issued by the examination board and will produce a statement of intent and a set of cross media products designed to fulfil their chosen brief.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs or equivalent including Maths and English at grade 5 or above and an additional 3 at grade A*- C.

Excellent attendance during Year 11 (at least above 90%).

Behaviour and attitude to learning across all GCSE subjects studied to be at least good.

In exceptional circumstances students with a good GCSE profile but have not achieved either Maths or English to a grade 5 at the start of the programme may be considered.

We encourage all students to start with a 3 A level programme. However, in exceptional circumstances, we will consider a student studying a 4th subject. 

Future opportunities

This A-Level will be a useful stepping stone into many higher education courses which contain elements of critical analysis, as well as being ideal for pupils whose career aspirations lie within the media or areas which are in contact with the media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Leamington School directly.

Last updated date: 24 February 2017
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