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Media Studies A-level at The Oakes College (Netherhall School)

Course description

The OCR A-level in Media studies introduces you to the role and influence of the Media.  There will be both an historical and contemporary aspect to your learning.  The role and impact of the media on society, culture, politics and the economy in both domestic and global spheres will be considered.  You will explore media language (camera, sound, editing and mise-en-scene) and how these communicate messages. Media Representations - how the media portrays all aspects of life.  The different Media Industries and the process of production, distribution and circulation and then there’s you, the Media Audience and how the media impacts on your life.

This course is essential to everyday life and will teach you vital production skills as well as media theory. These skills you can then transfer to University and your career - after all what business doesn’t use a piece of media in one form or another.

You will encounter media in all its forms: TV, radio, film, newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing, online, social media, video games and music videos.  You will get the chance to use our state of the art Multi-Camera TV Production Studio, Audio Studio and TV Production Gallery.  Furthermore, gone are the days of text books, in Media Studies you will use the latest interactive iBooks on iPads and take part in pure interactive learning. Y ou will also be creating media blogs and working on brand new interactive work books.

At Netherhall we have constructed a brand new Television studio using the latest multi­camera system and vision mixer, we also have our own multi-mic sound proof audio studio and use the latest industry software. Every student also has access to their own iPad during lessons. 

Course content

This new course has two exams at the conclusion to Year 13 and one practical piece of coursework.

The first is on Media Products and is worth 30% of the A-level.  You will explore how media products are used by institutions to construct representations and how media audiences interpret these products.  You will also use aspects of Media Theory to analyse and evaluate your own cross-media productions.

The second exam is worth 40% of the total A-level.  It covers the topic of Media in a digital age.  You will explore and analyse the idea and arguments from debates about the media.  These debates will be drawn from: an historical perspective, the digital age, global media.

The third part of the course is called “Making Media” and is worth 30% of the total A-level.  In this part of the course you will be creating a trailer for a new British TV Soap Opera.  Shooting the soap scenes live in studio on a custom built studio set and creating the website for the show.  You will also put together a new press kit for the promotion of this show.  You’ll be experiencing Multi-Camera studio production, set design, working with professional actors, script writing, camera operation, vision mixing, producing and directing.



Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at either grades 9-4 or grades A*-C in an appropriate range of subjects, including Maths and English at grade 4 or above.

The College will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.






Media Products Examination:   30%

Media in the Digital Age Examination:   40%

Making Media Non-Examined Assessment:  30%


Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as English to prepare for higher education in Media related courses in the Arts or Humanities or more general higher education courses.  With further training you could go into a job related to media such as a Journalist, News Reporter, TV Producer, Public Relations Officer.  The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the media and communication sectors.

Enrichment Opportunities:
Work on real Television Productions for real clients.

Further information

Contact Mr B Sheppard for further information:

Delivery: Full-time

Open Evening:  17 October 2017

Application Deadline:  10 January 2018

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: 28 September 2018
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