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Media Studies AS/A Level at St Thomas More Catholic School

Course description

“Whoever controls the media controls the mind. . . “ Do you know who said that quote? Do you agree? Do you care? If you can answer any of those questions, you have passed the most important test for Media Studies: an interest in the world around you. Media Studies is a popular choice at AS and A level. It is the study of news, entertainment and advertising: how it reaches us and how it influences the way we act and think. Most parts of life are heavily influenced by the media and our course allows students the freedom and flexibility to study areas that interest them most.

If you are interested in news, advertising, films, television and the internet, Media Studies should interest you. There is a strong moral and ethical aspect to Media Studies and you are encouraged to think differently: to see the world in different ways.

Course content

AS level

  • Media Language and Representations: study of media industries including advertising, film, television, magazines, online media, newspapers and music.
  • Investigating Media Forms and Products: in depth study of selected case studies including audience response.
  • Media production processes: Students plan and create their own media product in response to a choice of tasks.

A2

  • Meanings and Representations in Media: looking in depth at media industries from the contemporary, practical and theoretical framework.
  • Media Forms and Products: in-depth studies of selected case-studies including Television, Magazines and Online Media.
  • Media Production: students create their own cross-media production in response to a range of option tasks.

How will I study?

Our students will develop a wide range of study skills, in particular independent research, essay writing, discussion and thinking skills. Students will use moving image, film-making and print/desktop editing equipment, developing practical and vocational skills in these areas.

Entry requirements

We are an inclusive department and Media Studies is available to all students, with no previous experience of the subject needed. However, a grade C in GCSE English and an interest in the world around you are strongly recommended.

Assessment

AS level: 3 units

  • Investigating Media Language and Representations: 1.5 hour exam, 30% of qualification.
  • Investigating Media Forms and Products: 2 hour exam, 40% of qualification.
  • Coursework: Creating Media Products: 30% of qualification.

A2: 3 units

  • Meanings and Representations in Media: 2 hour exam, 30% of qualification.
  • Media Forms and Products in depth: 3 hour exam, 40% of qualification.
  • Coursework: Cross-media production: 30 of qualification.

Future opportunities

Academic and practical skills developed during Media Studies are transferable to many other curriculum subjects, Higher Education courses and many career areas. Students interested in a future career in media, such as journalism, advertising and film-making, should consider a Media Studies course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas More Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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