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Media Studies A Level at Woodroffe School

Course description

This course should appeal to anyone who is interested in society, people, communication, current affairs and the creative use of technology. It is a study of contemporary broadcast, digital and print based media. It will also cover the ways in which Media constructs messages and the influence these have on people in society. In each year there is a practical hands-on component.

Course content

Year 12

Paper 1 - Students engage critically with media texts and apply their understanding of media concepts and terminology to unseen examples.
Non-exam assessment: Students apply their knowledge and understanding of theoretical frameworks to apply to their own media product. Students display practical skills relating to the media format of their choice.

Year 13

Paper 1 - Students will focus on issues and debates in the media. A topic will be released in advance of the exam. Students will be expected to use any relevant elements of the theoretical framework in order to explore the ideas in the paper.

Paper 2 - Students will focus on the analysis of media products, through the lens of the theoretical framework. Students will be expected to refer to the Close Study Products (CSPs) provided by AQA and other products they have studied. They will also be expected to demonstrate understanding of the contexts in which the products were created.

Non-exam assessment: Students apply their knowledge and understanding of theoretical frameworks to apply to their own media product. Students display practical skills relating to the media format of their choice.

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs at C Grade or above including Grade 5 in English Language and English Literature

Assessment

Year 12

Students will sit two exams relating to the content covered in Year 12 based on the theme set by the exam board. Assessed and moderated by teachers.

Year 13

Paper 1 - How it’s assessed: Written exam: Two hours, 84 marks, 35% of A Level. Questions: An argument relating to the theme with both short and long answer questions.

Paper 2 - How it’s assessed: Written exam: Two hours, 84 marks, 35% of A Level. Questions: Contrasting points of view relating to a particular CSP.

Non-exam assessment: Creating a media product. A choice of topics related to the over-arching (annually changing) theme, 30% of A Level, Assessed by teachers, Moderated by AQA.

Further information

Speakers and outside visits are arranged when possible.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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