Media Studies A Level at Trinity School
‘The Media’ interprets the world around you, for you, offering many constructions of ‘reality’. The Media studies course encourages you to analyse and challenge these accepted views through exploration of theoretical standpoints, and application in the form of practical media production.
The course includes a detailed analysis of still and moving images to explore and develop an understanding of how Media constructs reveal deeper ideas and attitudes in contemporary societies. In order to explore a wide variety of concepts and media languages, we look at a range of media texts, including TV, film, magazines, newspapers and various forms of advertising. It is not always necessary to have studied Media Studies at GCSE but, as there is a good deal of essay writing involved, success in English or another essay based subject, such as History, would be expected. The course is assessed through two coursework assignments and two examinations, across the two years.
The split is 50% coursework and 50% examination. We cover four units in total – two in Year 12 and two in Year 13. In each year, one unit is practical coursework and the other is an exam based theoretical application. The examined subjects focus on ‘TV drama’ and the music industry in Year 12. In Year 13, ‘Critical Perspectives’ covers a range of contemporary issues, and there are two evaluative questions based on your personal work and development during the course. All coursework elements focus on production.
- In year 12, you will have the opportunity to combine specific Media terminology with a close analysis of representation in preparation for the examination. You will cover a range of representation, from gender to ethnicity, to disability. You will explore stereotypes and reality, support analysis of relevant TV Drama extracts with key Media terminology.
- In year 13, you will have the opportunity to reflect on your learning throughout the two-year course. The examination encourages you to critically reflect on a range of Media areas, in which you will have formed opinions as well as have practically considered in the coursework.
Media is increasingly recognised as an academic subject, with many practical applications and, as such, is recognised for the critical analysis, complex thinking and practical skills which contribute to all facets of this subject. Media Studies will help you get onto higher education courses if you wish to pursue Media and related fields of TV/film/print, etc. It is also an excellent complement to studies such as English/English Literature or Sociology.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity School directly.