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Media Studies A Level at Amersham School

Course description

A Level Media Studies is a course that is often derided by people that have a misconception of the subject's validity and difficulty and challenge of the content. The course is taught as a university preparatory course. High-level writing and comprehension are expected from the outset and students leave the course in a strong position to enter university with a realistic understanding of expectations.

Students will develop a critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of practical skills. They will explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts and become independent in research skills and their application in their practical work and in developing their own views and interpretations.

Course content

Paper 1 - Issues and Debates in the Media
Questions 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 - Analysis of Media Products
Questions 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.

Coursework - Creating a Media Product
Students must independently create a media product in response to a brief set by AQA. Students are assessed on a “Statement of Intent” where they demonstrate a high level of research to inform their own project. Students are also rewarded for their invention and creativity in exploiting the potential of the chosen media form. They will be required to demonstrate evidence of an ability to apply knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework to the media products they create. Assessment continues to reward for the effectiveness of how well their media product communicates the message on the statement of intent to the specified target audience. Finally, the technical expertise will be demonstrated in exploiting the potential of the chosen media form and for meeting the technical requirements.

Entry requirements

8 GCSE Grades A*- C grade 6 English or Grade B in Media Studies

Assessment

Paper 1 - Issues and Debates in the Media
Exam 84 marks - 35%

Paper 2 - Analysis of Media Products
Exam 84 marks - 35%

Coursework - Creating a Media Product
Internal - internally and externally verified 72 marks - 30%

Future opportunities

As with the rest of your A Level subject choices, you should choose A Level Media Studies because you think it’s a subject you’ll enjoy and will play to your strengths. It would also be wise to combine Media Studies with two or more of the traditional subjects looked upon favourably by top universities, such as English, History or a Modern Foreign Language. This will keep your options open later on, when it comes to choosing courses and universities.

Careers could include: Advertising and Marketing, Media Planner, Multimedia Specialist, Public relations officer, Social Media Manager, Television / Film / Video Production, Advertising Account Executive, Journalist, Editorial Assistant, Event Organiser, Information Officer, Market Researcher, UX Designer, Web Designer

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 August 2017
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