Media Studies A Level at Philip Morant School and College
The mass media play a central role in society. Students who choose Media Studies at A Level will have the opportunity to combine the academic study of the mass media with the development of practical media-production skills. The course involves research, media theory and practical production work. Students will: learn about how media industries operate; investigate issues and debates about the role of the media in society; analyse texts from a variety of media (for example: television programmes, films, advertising, and the press).
Media studies is an outstanding example of a cross-curricular subject. It will develop your research skills, creativity, reading and writing. As such it provides useful preparation for further education and employment. The production task can be a source of tremendous personal satisfaction. You may also wish to get involved in extra-curricular activities in college or with local organisations. It has links with the study of texts and language in English as well as great debating opportunities. It also shares relevance with the social sciences and ICT.
A Level specifications in Media Studies require close analysis and comparison of media products in relation to relevant key social, cultural, economic, political and historical contexts.
- In the first year, the coursework will entail a moving image production which is group based. The coursework in the second year involves students constructing a media product, which can be produced individually or in a group situation
- The first exam will include unseen audio-visual or print based material from which students will respond with case study examples.
- The second exam will include a summary of questions exploring text, industry and audience and the links between theory and the texts.
Students are expected to have a grade 5 in GCSE English. It is desirable for students to have taken Media Studies at GCSE but it is not a requirement. For those students who have, a grade C or above is required.
Exam Board: EDUQAS
A Level Assessment:
- 70% Exam
- 30% Coursework
If you choose to study the subject, Media Studies can open many doors to further education and employment. You may choose to explore production by taking a more creative route. Journalism for magazines and newspapers is also a popular choice. With technology changing the nature of the subject, you may wish to go into web design, games design or something IT related.
ICT is transforming the nature of media production at domestic and professional levels. The college has a range of powerful editing systems allowing students to produce broadcast standard video productions for their coursework. The course also makes substantial use of the Internet.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Philip Morant School and College directly.