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Media Studies A Level *Fees Payable* at Rochester Independent College

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Exam board: WJEC

MS1: MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS AND RESPONSES (assessed by a 2½ hour exam)
This unit looks at three aspects: (1) textual analysis, (2) issues of representation and (3) audience, and the exam is broken down into these constituent parts. This section serves as a fundamental underpinning of the main constructs used in Media Studies and this work overlaps with the coursework sections.

MS2: MEDIA PRODUCTION PROCESSES (coursework – assessed externally)
This unit is designed to enable candidates to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in media production processes through research, planning, production and evaluation. Candidates will be required to produce three pieces of linked work. These will comprise: 
a pre-production reflecting research and demonstrating planning techniques
a production which has developed out of the pre-production 
a report of 1200 - 1600 words
Students will have one lesson per week timetabled specifically to attend to their coursework and extensive guidance is given on the different computer programmes that can be used for these tasks. Students have a wide choice for this work, although most tend to favour producing storyboards (pre-production) and film posters/DVD covers (production). Such decisions are open to negotiation and we do not definitively prescribe the tasks.

MS3: MEDIA INVESTIGATION AND PRODUCTION (coursework – assessed externally)
This unit develops the knowledge and skills acquired at AS and as such contributes to synoptic assessment. In particular, it is designed to demonstrate the importance of research in informing media production and to develop the skills acquired in MS2. Candidates are required to produce three pieces of linked work:
· a research investigation (1400 – 1800 word essay)
· a production (informed by the investigation)
· a brief evaluation (500 – 750 words)
The research investigation title is decided upon through discussion with individual students and subject tutors. The essay must link to the production and so this needs to be considered when deciding on a topic area. The production has one underlying stipulation and that is that it cannot be in the same form as the AS coursework. In other words, if a student produced DVD covers and film posters for their AS work they cannot repeat this at A2. Once again, time is given in lessons to the completion of the coursework. Due to the intensity of the one year programme, extra sessions are offered to students and it is highly recommended that they make the most of this opportunity.

The research investigation title is decided upon through discussion with individual students and subject tutors. The essay must link to the production and so this needs to be considered when deciding on a topic area. The production has one underlying stipulation and that is that it cannot be in the same form as the AS coursework. In other words, if a student produced DVD covers and film posters for their AS work they cannot repeat this at A2. Once again, time is given in lessons to the completion of the coursework. Due to the intensity of the one year programme, extra sessions are offered to students and it is highly recommended that they make the most of this opportunity.

Assessment

Assessment method: 50% coursework, 50% examination (comprised of one paper at AS and one paper at A2 level)

 

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*Fees Payable*

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Overlap with other subjects: Media Studies overlaps effectively with essay based subjects such as English Literature, Sociology and Film Studies. The discipline develops in students the ability to deconstruct texts which is a key aspect in English Literature. We also spend a considerable amount of time in class on essay writing skills which lends itself to progression in other subjects. The creative aspects of the course also have a considerable cross-curricular element, depending on the strengths of the student. For example, many Photography students have been able to use their skills learnt in that subject to develop good cinematographic skills in Media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rochester Independent College directly.

Last updated date: 20 January 2016
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