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AS/A2 Level Media Studies at Landau Forte Academy Tamworth Sixth Form

Course description

Examination Board: OCR

Studying Media will give you an insight into the diversity of the Entertainment industries and how they make media products across a range of mediums including Film, TV, Radio, Print and Online. Studying media will allow you to develop the analytical skills to analyse any media product and to understand the codes and conventions of various media texts. This in turn will help you make your own media products across two years of study including; film openings, music videos, shorts films, magazine articles, CD covers, documentary films etc. Studying media will help shape your views and understanding of the world in terms of people, places, ideas and democracy. Media Studies will also help you understand the world of Entertainment, Business, Technology and Politics.

Aims of the course

This four unit specification in Media Studies integrates theoretical and practical approaches by requiring candidates to write about their coursework experiences in the synoptic examinations. It also insists upon the importance of a full understanding of the new media which dominate the contemporary landscape by ensuring that candidates use such media in their coursework and write about them in their examinations.

Programme of Study

There is a great deal of flexibility for centres to choose particular topics and content, but there is an insistence upon coverage of a broad range of media. The specification also ensures the placing of contemporary media in an historical context and an understanding of the key media concepts of language, representation, audiences and institutions.


The Advanced Subsidiary GCE is both a ‗stand-alone‘ qualification and also the first half of the corresponding Advanced GCE. The AS GCE is made up of two units:

Coursework: G321:


Foundation Portfolio in Media – Students will learn fundamental film making skills and develop their own ideas for the opening sequence of either a; Thriller, Horror or Romantic Comedy film. Students will analyse film openings, develop storyboards, film sequences with HD cameras and edit their openings on digital video editing suites.

Exam: G322:


Key Media Concepts (Section A: TV Drama) – Students will learn how to utilise specific media terminology to textually analyse a variety of TV drama sequences. Students will also learn about how TV dramas formalise representations of age, gender, social class, regional identity etc (Section B: Institutions and Audiences) - Students will be studying how major Hollywood film studios produce, distribute, market and exhibit their films to mass audiences.


Coursework: G324


: Advanced Portfolio in Media - Students will expand upon their AS production experiences by making longer and more demanding productions including music videos, documentary films, film trailers etc.

Exam: G325:


Critical Perspectives in Media - The two hour exam embodies two main parts. Section A: requires you reflect on your production experiences and skills development across the two years. Section B: is a theory unit based around the notion of ‗We Media & Democracy‘. The essence of this unit is to examine whether the media has become more democratic for us to access and for us to make ourselves as media producers.

Who is the course aimed at?

Media studies naturally leads to careers in journalism, marketing, advertising or public relations. But an awareness of how the world of media works can also support other careers, such as social work, law, medicine and education. By knowing how the media operates you‘ll be able to decode message more skilfully, and engage with topics that interest you.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Landau Forte Academy Tamworth Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

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