Media Studies AS & A Level at Hornsea School and Language College
Media studies is a course in which students are very actively involved and, as a consequence, confidence and expertise can increase quite sharply. Practical work is a significant part of the course and students are given the opportunity to create their own piece of media using video cameras, digital editing software, web based blogs, websites, magazines and photography. The media today is often described by theorists as being ‘24/7’. In the postmodern world we now live in we quite simply can’t escape the media. Studying and learning about it, therefore, is becoming ever more important.
A-level media is a two year linear course so all of the assessment is completed at the end of Y13. This involves 2 exams and 1 piece of practical coursework. Opportunities will be given throughout Y12 to learn and build on practical skills as well as studying areas and topics in the media of interest and relevance to the exams. Think of it as your building blocks to success.
Everything in A-level media falls into 4 main areas of study: language, representation, audience and institutions. Language isn’t just words on a page, it’s how a media product looks and the codes and conventions that have been embedded into it to create the producer’s desired effect. Representation is something that we all have to deal with every day - it’s stereotypes; how groups and individuals are shown in the media and the way this affects us in society. It’s no coincidence that the ‘hoodie’ has now become a visual symbol of everything that’s wrong with youth today. This stereotype has been created by the media; that’s what we look at. Institutions is everything behind the scenes, from making money to the regulations that media producers have to abide by. And, finally, we have audience. This is exactly what it sounds like - the people that consume the media. Who consumes what form and types of media products and why do they do this?
In a nutshell, A-level media will allow you to develop and apply your understanding of the media through both analysing and producing media products. You’ll make connections between different products and techniques and will develop the necessary
analytical skills to allow you to question and critically explore aspects of the media that may initially seem straightforward. You’ll look at different periods of history to consider major changes, you’ll consider media in its widest, global sense and you’ll also consider products that are outside the commercial mainstream.
Cross-media products are at the heart of today’s media and these will be central to what you study, alongside the importance of online and social media platforms. This
also influences your coursework; there are several coursework options, allowing for creativity and freedom to explore current products and ways to develop that all important ‘unique selling point’.
The course allows you a real sense of wnership, develops your independent study skills, encourages research and analysis and allows you to pursue your own media interests. Results year on year are excellent and A-level media is always one of the top performing subjects in Hornsea Sixth Form.
5 A*-C GCSEs including English language.
If studied, minimum grade B in GCSE media.
Y13: 2 external examinations
(Please note that weighting for each element has yet to be clarified by the exam board.)
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hornsea School and Language College directly.