Media A Level at Ossett Academy Sixth Form College
The course content for this qualification is not yet confirmed. At the time of writing, the qualification is planned to be linear meaning that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course. Students will study a theoretical framework consisting media language, media representations, media industries and media audiences. They will develop enquiry, critical thinking and decision-making skills when considering media issues and debates and will analyse media products, through the lens of the theoretical framework. They will also develop technical and creative skills relating to a media format of their choice.
5 GCSE at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 5 or above in Maths and English.
The current draft specification suggests that there will be 2 exam papers at the end of the course, each contributing 35% towards the overall qualification, with a non-examination assessment (coursework element) which will account for the final 30%.
In Paper 1 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. In Paper 2 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 the exam board and other products they have studied. They will also be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the contexts in which the products were created. NEA – Students will have a choice of topics and will produce a statement of intent together with 1 creative media production.
A Level Media Studies introduces candidates to media theories, issues and debates, and the practice of production, which gives the chance to develop a real understanding of media platforms, the contemporary media landscape and the influential role of the media in society. By knowing how the media operates students are able to decode messages more skilfully. The media is likely to continue its growth and will be a major element of twenty-first-century life.
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