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Media Studies A Level at The Sandon School

Course description

A study of the media is a way of understanding how we communicate in an increasingly complicated world. This specification enables scope for students’ creativity through practical work. Practical coursework accounts for 50% of marks and will promote student understanding of the new media which dominate the contemporary media landscape. All coursework will be presented in electronic format on a blog.

Course content

- Unit 1 - Foundation Portfolio in Media Students produce two paired media artefacts. For example, for one artefact students could produce the titles and opening sequence of a new fiction film together with a preliminary exercise, filming a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down opposite another character with whom they have a conversation.

- Key Media Concepts (TV Drama) (examination) Section A: an ‘unseen’ moving image extract with one compulsory question dealing with the technical conventions of moving image language and ideology Section B: one compulsory question based on a case study of the British film industry.

- Advanced Portfolio in Media Students produce main and ancillary texts such as a short film in its entirety together with a poster for the film and a film magazine review page featuring the film.

- Critical Perspectives in Media (examination) Section A: Theoretical Evaluation of Production. Students are required to evaluate their practical skills, creativity and their theoretical knowledge and how they have evolved from the beginning of the course).

Section B: Contemporary Media Issues. Students study contemporary media regulation in at least two media.

Entry requirements

If you have studied GCSE Media Studies then you are expected to have achieved a B grade or above. Students also need to have achieved a B grade or above in GCSE English. You do not have to have studied Media Studies at GCSE level.

Future opportunities

Past students have enrolled on a range of courses both media related and non-related. Common choices have included video or film production, business and marketing, media production and film and television studies courses and general media studies courses. Some students have also developed contacts and work placements have resulted. A number of former students have gone on to work in a range of media related areas.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 June 2015

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