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Media Studies AS & A2 Level at The Westgate School

Course description

A Brief Overview of the AS course:

· Media Studies insists upon the importance of a full understanding of the new media which dominate the contemporary landscape.

 · Students will cover a broad range of media. The specification also ensures the placing of contemporary media in an historical context and an understanding of the key media concepts of language, representation, audiences and institutions.

Course content

At AS Level:

 G322: Textual Analysis

Exam 50 marks

 This paper covers the two areas of Textual Analysis and Representation alongside Institutions and Audiences. In Section A, candidates answer questions on an unseen moving image extract that is then linked to some aspect of the representation within the sequence. In Section B, candidates study a specific media industry from a choice of: film, music, newspapers, radio, magazines or video games. This unit is externally examined.

G321: Foundation Portfolio in Media

 50 marks

This is a coursework unit where candidates produce a media artefact from a series of briefs. This process involves progression from a pre-production, preliminary exercise to a more fully realised piece. The briefs offered are: print, video, audio and website. Candidates present their research and planning in either paper-based or digital format and do an evaluation in digital format, based on seven required prompt questions. This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated.

At A2 Level:

 G324: Advanced Portfolio in Media

 50 marks

This is a coursework unit where candidates engage with contemporary media technologies to produce a media portfolio through a combination of two or more media and then present their research, planning and evaluation in digital format. This is a development of the skills from Unit G321 and is also internally assessed and externally moderated.

G325: Critical Perspectives in Media

 50 marks

 This paper covers the two areas of Theoretical Evaluation of Production alongside a study of Contemporary Media Issues. In Section A, candidates describe and evaluate their skills development in their production work and then select one production to evaluate in relation to a media concept. In Section B, candidates choose one topic and then demonstrate their understanding of a contemporary issue through a range of texts, institutions, audiences and debates. This unit is externally examined.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language- Grade B; GCSE English Literature – Grade B

To continue to A2 – Grade D in AS Media Studies 

Future opportunities

With an earned degree in Media Studies, you have a number of career options. For example, Media Studies gives you the foundation knowledge to then go on to work in sectors such as, newspaper, production managers, sound and vision engineers, film/video producers, advertising journalists, assistant publicists and PR and communications officers

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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