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Media Studies A Level at Parkstone Grammar School

Course description

This subject offers students the opportunity to combine a theoretical understanding of the mass media in society and methods for analysing media texts (such as television programmes, films, advertising, the press) with the development of practical skills for media production. The balance of theory and practical work means that students will learn about how media industries operate, research and investigate issues and debates about the role of the media in society and analyse texts from a variety of media. During lessons, students are involved in close analysis of media texts (film, TV drama, newspaper reports, magazine articles) and production video camera work, participating in discussion, making presentations, with a varying emphasis on class, individual and group work. A variety of resources, including audio-visual (DVD and Video) and ICT, are used to stimulate and enhance learning. Students are provided with various support materials and guidelines, which they need to make use of in an informed and responsible way. They are also expected to find their own examples of media texts for investigation and analysis, and to research aspects of the media using digital technology. They need to provide themselves with a robust A4 ‘lever arch’ folder, paper, plastic wallets and file dividers to keep their notes well organised. They will need to be particularly aware of which assessment objectives are targeted in the different parts of the course. The period after Easter will focus particularly on consolidation, examination strategies and technique and students will be able to build this into their own revision schedule. Coursework will have been completed well before this.


Course content

Coursework Details: Unit G324 - Advanced Portfolio in Media
For G324 students produce one filmed media production accompanied by two ancillary print products. They also write about the
production process on an individual Production blog. Students will need to plan, construct and evaluate the work with regard to the
form and style of the production and its intended audience. This will be marked in school and be externally moderated by OCR


Unit G325 - Critical Perspectives in Media
Section A - Theoretical Evaluation of Productions
Sections B - Contemporary Media Issues

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Parkstone Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 30 September 2016
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    • We are a heavily oversubscribed 11-18 selective girls’ school offering outstanding education to the girls of Poole and its surrounding area. Founded in 1905 Parkstone has continued to provide excellent academic results within a warm, friendly and vibrant community. We are a six form entry school with 1250 students including 370 in the sixth form.

      Girls at Parkstone are not only encouraged to succeed academically, but to enjoy the wide range of musical, theatrical, sporting, speaking and charitable opportunities.