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Media Studies A Level at Park High School

Course description

"Media literacy is concerned with helping students develop an informed and critical understanding of the nature of mass media, the techniques used by them, and the impact of these techniques. More specifically, it is education that aims to increase the students' understanding and enjoyment of how the-media work, how they produce meaning, how they are organized, and how they construct reality. Media literacy also aims to provide students with the ability to create media products."

Course content

Subjects covered:

Media products, Industries and Audiences

Media Forms and Products in Depth

Cross-Media Production

Entry requirements

GCSE grades (minimum) required to enrol on this course:

Grade 6 if taken at GCSE Grade 5 in English Language Grade 4 in Mathematics


Unit 1 - Section A: Analysing media language and Representation This section assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following media forms: advertising, marketing, music video or newspapers.

Section B: Understanding Media Industries and Audiences

This section assesses two of the following media forms – advertising, marketing, film, newspapers, radio, video games – and media contexts - 2 hours and 15 minutes written exam - 35% weighting

Unit 2 - The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. It consists of three sections:

Section A – Television in the Global Age

Section B – Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media

Section C – Media in the Online Age -   2 hours and 30 minutes written exam - 35% weighting

Unit 3 - An individual cross-media production based on two forms in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC/Eduqas, applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence -  Non-exam assessment - 30% weighting

Future opportunities

Possible career options Studying media studies at university can give you a whole host of exciting career options, including:

• Advertising • Journalism • Marketing • Designer, cinematographer, editor etc in the TV, film, radio or digital sector • Academia

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 December 2017
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