Media Studies A Level at Bury St Edmunds County Upper School
There will be an internal examination at the end of Year 12, however, this is for progress analysis and predicted grades only and does not count towards the final qualification. To complete the A Level, students will sit two external examinations at the end of Year 13 and submit a full coursework folder during Year 13. The first examination focuses on media language and representation, alongside a broader understanding of industry and audience. The main areas covered are: music videos; video games; advertising and film marketing; cross-media study; newspapers; contemporary radio programmes. The second examination focuses on media language, representations, audiences and media contexts, including non- English language texts and historical sources. The main areas covered are: television programmes; magazines; blogs and websites.
For the coursework component, the exam board will produce a series of briefs, from which students will choose a practical project across two platforms. The forms that learners can produce include television, magazines, film marketing and music marketing. The intended audience and industry context are specified in the brief.
Students who wish to study GCE Advanced level courses are required to have passed at least five GCSE or equivalent level two courses at grades 5-9 including a minimum of grade 5 in the subjects they wish to study. Most students attempting A level courses will have more than this minimum. In subjects not taught at GCSE a 5 in a related subject is required (for example, a 5/6 in English would enable a student to study Politics).
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bury St Edmunds County Upper School directly.