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A Level Media Studies at Beaconsfield High School

Course description

Module 1 Investigating Media

Module 2 Creating Media

Course content

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%)

Further information

Essential Information

  •  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.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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