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Media Studies A-Level at Deanery High School and Sixth Form College

Course description

The study of A level Media Studies allows students to enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of the media, while developing a greater understanding of its powerful role in their everyday lives, in a rapidly changing 21st century world. Students will engage with a diverse range of audio-visual and print-based media texts, to develop a foundation for sophisticated critical analysis, together with subject specialist language. The media texts studied will include:

Television sequences
Film extracts
Advertisements
Music videos
Newspaper front pages
Magazines
Radio sequences
Websites
Computer game extracts
DVD sleeves
CD sleeves

The course offers a combination of both practical and analytical studies, as students are encouraged to create their own authentic media texts. This course is contemporary and engaging, as well as challenging, and provides excellent opportunities for progression to related higher education degree courses.

Course content

We follow the WJEC specification, an examination board which is well known for its academic standards.

AS At AS level students study 2 units of work, including a practical controlled assessment.

Unit 1- MS1 Media Representations and Responses External Examination

The examination consists of three compulsory questions. Question 1 is designed to test your ability to produce a close textual analysis of an unseen audio/visual or print-based media text, using specialist media language. Questions 2 and 3 are linked to question 1, and will focus on representation and audience response issues. These questions are designed to test your wider knowledge and understanding of key media concepts, as well as current media theories and debates concerning audience reception.

Unit 2- MS2 Media Production Processes Internal Assessment

This coursework element requires you to demonstrate both your knowledge and production skills to produce authentic media artefacts, such as film posters/DVD sleeves. The coursework consists of three pieces of linked work: one pre-production; one production, which has developed from the pre-production; and one report on the production process.

A2 At A2 level, students study an additional two units of work plus a controlled assessment

Unit 3- MS3 Media Investigation and Production Internal Assessment

This takes the form of an independent, investigative and analytical study, which allows you to research a topic of your own interest, in a specific media area. An example could be the investigation of representations of youth in contemporary television dramas or representations of males in popular British films.

This coursework consists of three pieces of linked work: the written investigative/analytical study, focussing on genre, narrative and/or representation; a production linked to the above; and an evaluation of how the production has been informed by research.

Unit 4- MS4 Text, Industry and Audience External Examination

This is the synoptic paper, and therefore designed to test your critical analysis and theoretical knowledge of a total of nine texts, from three different media industries (e.g. film/television/advertising). Three questions must be answered in written essay form.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade C or above (including English language) plus B in GCSE Media Studies or B in English Language.

Future opportunities

A Level Media Studies is excellent preparation for a degree in Media/ Film Studies. Many of our highest performing students are now employed in some of the top media industries, including Sky TV, BBC, Granada, and the advertising, film and newspaper industries.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 January 2017
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