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Media Studies AS/A2 Level at The Basildon Academies Sixth Form

Course description

The overall aim of this course is to provide an understanding
of a variety of aspects of the media and the media industry.

You will learn:

  • How the modern media landscape is evolving.
  • A selection of media production techniques.
  • How audiences are categorised and targeted.
  • Research and planning for the media.

Course content

AS level students take:

Unit 1 – MEST1
Investigating Media
Two sections:
A – four compulsory short answer questions
B – choice of one from two essays

Unit 2 – MEST2
Creating Media
Externally set production briefs.

  • Two linked production pieces taken from two of the three media platforms studied in Unit 1.
  • Plus 1500 word evaluation.


A2 students take:

Unit 3 – MEST3
Media: Critical Perspectives
Two sections:
A – three compulsory questions on unseen stimulus pieces
B – one essay from a choice of two topics

Unit 4 – MEST4
Media: Research and Production
Two sections:

  • Critical Investigation
  • Linked production piece

Entry requirements

General Sixth Form.

Assessment

50% of AS, 25% of A Level
2 hour written examination
50% of AS, 25% of A Level
Practical unit, internally assessed and externally moderated


25% of A Level
2 hour written examination
25% of A Level
Practical unit, internally assessed and externally moderated

Future opportunities

Media Studies combines well with other subjects such as photography, art,
design, ICT and business. It is a good course for those wishing to work with others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Basildon Academies Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 24 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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