Media Studies A Level at The Ashcombe School
Existing syllabus (AS counts towards overall A-level)
Why study this subject?
Our knowledge and understanding of the world is brought directly into our homes every minute of the day through the mass media. Those who own and control the businesses and those who select the information and entertainment that we receive have enormous power over us as individuals and over the society in which we live. It is essential that we should become critical consumers of all this information. In addition, there is currently, and, through the use of digital broadcasting, there will continue to be, an explosion in opportunities in media-related careers.
Media Studies is a combination of the study of professional examples from the media and the creation of the students' own media projects and portfolios. We will investigate such concepts as institution, representation, genre, media audiences, media language and ideology. Studies in depth will include film fiction, the production and manufacture of news, radio, advertising, television and documentary.
Unit 1: Investigating the Media Written exam consisting of five questions (25%)
Unit 2: Creating Media. Coursework. Two linked production pieces (25%)
Unit 3: Critical Perspectives. Written exam on unseen visual stimulus (25%)
Unit 4: Research and Production. Coursework comprising of research, investigation and a linked production piece. (25%)
Students must have enthusiasm for the mass media in all aspects: news coverage; advertising; radio; film and television drama, as a consumer and creator. Grade A* - C in English Language and Literature. A good standard of written expression is essential to succeed in this course.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ashcombe School directly.