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Media Studies A Level at St Leonard's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School

Course description

To study media is to attempt to understand communication in the world around us in its various forms, to reach an understanding and evaluation of how meanings and responses are created, how the media reflects or shapes the world we live in, and how audiences react to it. WJEC Media Studies is designed to enable students to explore a wide variety of media, including digital media technologies, drawing on the fundamental concepts of media: texts, industry and audiences. Candidates will be encouraged to work creatively to enable them to gain a greater appreciation of the media through their own production work and to develop their own production skills. Students will develop their analytical skills by responding critically to a wide range of media texts.

Course content

AS Course

It is the aim of the course to introduce candidates to the Key Concepts underpinning the specification, concepts with which they will familiarize themselves by applying them to a wide range of media texts. The texts will also be evaluated using the Key Concepts. Students will develop critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of production skills.
MS1 – more detail. Media Representations and Responses.
Media studies e.g.- broadcast or film fiction / documentary and hybrid forms - lifestyle / music/ news/ sport. A written examination of two and a half hours based on textual analysis and essays on representation and audience issues.

MS 2 - more detail - Media Production Processes. - Internally examined and externally moderated. 3 linked pieces of work.
- Pre production research – demonstrating planning techniques
- A production- practical work, e.g. photography/websites/moving image
- A report (1200-1600 words)
Evaluation (written) on both production pieces (1500 words). The scheme of assessment has a modular structure with compulsory units.

A2 Course

MS3 – Media investigation and production
- A research investigation (1400-1800 words)
- A production
- A brief evaluation (500-750 words)
MS 4 – Text, Industry and Audience 9 texts from each of 3 industries will be studied, e.g. film, broadcast fiction and advertising and marketing to be examined in one two and a half hour exam.

Future opportunities

Choosing a higher course in the media studies area gives a massive range of options including the study of film and broadcast fiction, Journalism courses, Cultural studies, Web design, Digital media, Drama or Photography. It is an excellent subject to study in combination with others in the humanities area. “The media” is vast and careers opportunities range from Journalist to set or costume designer, teacher to researcher, IT games designer to personnel management. Media studies graduates are also the most successful at getting jobs quickly!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Leonard's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years