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Media Studies A Level at Bury St Edmunds County Upper School

Course description

Students can proceed to a degree or further education course in Media Studies, Film Studies, Journalism, Design, Marketing or Advertising, and the A Level is also a supporting subject for many Arts-related courses. There are career possibilities in all aspects of the Media.

Course content

During Year 12, the course develops the student’s ability to read texts with understanding, apply theory and explores the key concepts within the media. Students investigate the three media areas of Moving Image, Print and Digital Media, applying complex terminology.

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.

Entry requirements

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).


Meanings and Representations in the Media
External written examination: 2 hours, taken at the end of Year 13
Media Forms and Products in Depth
External written examination: 3 hours, taken at the end of Year 13
Cross-Media Production
Coursework: internal assessment, submitted during Year 13

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bury St Edmunds County Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 12 January 2018
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