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Media Studies GCE A Level (Option Block B) at The North School

Course description

A level Media Studies is designed to encourage students to:

 Enhance their enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in their daily lives

 Develop critical understanding of the media

 Explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts

 Become independent in research skills

 

COURSE CONTENT

In Media Studies, students will study a wide range of media concepts and theories from Feminism to Marxism, postmodernism to queer theory. Students will study a plethora of texts from an array of eras including: magazines, documentaries, film, advertising, computer games and television. Students will have the opportunity to analyse and discuss these texts, considering their impact on us as media practitioners, and society as a whole. Students will also have the opportunity to create media texts in a number of different forms using our ever growing library of industry standard software and equipment. We currently have Photoshop available for all media students, as well as Mac computers and high end, high definition video cameras.

Course content

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences

Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes

35% of qualification

The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media

contexts. It consists of two sections:

 

Section A: Analysing Media Language and Representation

This section assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following media forms: advertising, marketing, music video or newspapers. There are two questions in this section:

· one question assessing media language in relation to an unseen audio-visual or print

resource

· one extended response comparison question assessing representation in one set product

and an unseen audio-visual or print resource in relation to media contexts.

 

Section B: Understanding Media Industries and Audiences

This section assesses two of the following media forms – advertising, marketing, film, newspapers, radio, video games - and media contexts.

It includes:

· one stepped question on media industries

· one stepped question on audiences.

 

 

 

 

minutes

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

35% of qualification

The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media

contexts. It consists of three sections:

 

Section A Television in the Global Age

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

Section B Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

Section C Media in the Online Age

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

 

35% of qualification

Component 3: Cross-Media Production

Non exam assessment

30% of qualification

An individual cross-media production based on two forms in response to a choice of briefs set by

WJEC, applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.

 

Entry requirements

A minimum of five A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE, including English Language at a Level 6 and English Literature at a Level 5.

Assessment

See information in Course Content above

Financial information

Students will need access to the Internet at home, as well as magazines and newspapers. Whilst a copy of Photoshop is not essential, it can be of great help for students to have access to this at home.

Future opportunities

Media Studies A-level complements subjects such as English Literature, Sociology and Photography. It can enable career progression in pathways such as journalism, publishing, television, design or teaching.

Further information

For further information on the requirements and content of this course, please contact Ms Burton or Mr Silvester

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: 12 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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