A Level Media Studies at Beaconsfield High School
Module 1 Investigating Media
Module 2 Creating Media
Unit 1: Investigating Media
- Students study a range of media texts, concepts and contexts.
- Media platforms covered are e-media, broadcasting and print.
- Includes cross-media studies from broadcast fiction, film fiction, documentary, music.
Unit 2: Creating Media
- Coursework consists of two linked production pieces and a written evaluation.
- Provides opportunities to demonstrate research, technical and creative skills.
The range of texts studied will include:
Broadcasting: television, radio, film, adverts, trailers
Print: newspapers, magazines, adverts, marketing and promo material
Looking ahead– Course Modules in Year 13
Module 3 Critical Perspectives (Examination – 50%)
Module 4 Research and Production (Coursework - 50%)
- This is an academic course and not an apprenticeship for a career in the media
- Students should have a genuine curiosity about the media and take an independent approach to study
- It is essential that students maintain an awareness of current affairs
- Should you require additional information, please contact Mr McClean at school
How can parents help?
- Parents could help by providing their daughter with regular access to a quality – i.e. broadsheet - daily and Sunday newspaper.
- The following text book is compulsory for the course and needs to be purchased in advance of beginning it: Julia Burton, Elspeth Stevenson: AQA Media Studies (Nelson Thornes) 978-0-7487-9814-8
- The following general textbooks are recommended for AS level – David Probert, Andrew Graham: AQA Advanced Media Studies (Philip Allan 2008) 978-1-84489-418-5 Rayner et al: AS Media Studies: The Essential Introduction, Second Edition (Routledge 2004) 0-415-32966-3
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beaconsfield High School directly.