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Media Studies A Level at Ashfield School

Course description

"Whoever controls the Media - the images - controls the culture." Allen Ginsberg

This course will enable you to understand how the Media influences our thinking and our attitudes, analyse how images, sound and setting are used in film to manipulate our responses and to consider who produces particular media texts and why. Working largely with contemporary texts you will explore the diverse world of the Media - from magazines and TV dramas to computer games and the internet. You will also have the opportunity to produce a practical production, showcasing your individual talents and understanding of central media concepts.

Entry requirements

Five or more A*-C grades or equivalent, including English Language C or English Literature C.


UNIT 1 (50%) Coursework. Foundation Portfolio in Media. Preliminary task - Continuity task (short film). Research and planning (20%) – recorded as a blog ( the titles and opening of a new fiction film, to last a maximum of two minutes. Construction (60%) Evaluation (20%)

UNIT 2 (50%) Examination. Key Media Concepts (TV Drama). Section A - One exam question on an 'unseen moving image' (TV Drama). Section B - One exam question from 'Institutions and Audiences' (45 mins). Institutions and (Film study): A study of a specific studio or production company within a contemporary film industry that targets a British audience.

UNIT 3 (50%) Coursework. Advanced Portfolio in Media A promotion package for the release of an album, to include a music promo video, (40 marks), plus: two supporting texts, a website homepage for the band; (10 marks) and a a digipak for the album’s release; (10 marks). Research and planning (20 marks) - recorded as a blog ( Construction (60 marks) - as listed above Evaluation (20 marks)

UNIT 4 (50%) Examination. Critical Perspectives in Media. Section A (2 question examination) - Theoretical Evaluation of Production (50 marks). (1) Development of skills (Foundation - Advanced Portfolio): digital technology; creativity; research/planning; using conventions. (2) Evaluation of a produced media artefact - one concept from: genre; narrative; representation; audience; media language. Section B (1 question examination) - Contemporary Media Issues (50 marks). Possible examination topics (include four prompt questions for each): Contemporary Media Regulation; Post-modern Media, Global Media; 'We Media' and Democracy; Media and Collective Identity, Media in the Online Age.

Future opportunities

Any career connected to the Media – Journalism, TV, Film, Radio and Publishing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years