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A Level Media Studies at Ousedale School

Course description

The course is designed to enhance students’ enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in their daily lives. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills through engagement with media products and concepts, in order to develop their own views and interpretations. The course enables students to develop an understanding of production processes and technologies through creative application in their practical work.

Course content

AS level
Students investigate the media in order to reach an understanding of how meanings and responses are created. The contemporary media landscape and its changing contexts are studied in terms of products, platforms and technologies. In Unit 2 students produce two linked media artefacts taken from two of the three media platforms studied in Unit 1 with a single, accompanying evaluation and pre-production folder for both pieces.

A2 level
At A2, candidates are encouraged to examine the media in a less formulaic way and demonstrate, develop and formulate their understanding of the media and its influential role in today's society as well as debating major contemporary media issues and theoretical approaches. Unit 4 will investigate a media theme/text in more depth and realise a production piece reflecting this research. If you have a keen interest in the media and want to combine practical work with theoretical learning, then Media Studies is the course for you.

Entry requirements

5 x A* - C at GCSE level, with a Minimum Grade B in English Language GCSE

Assessment

Coursework: 50%
Examination: 50%

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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