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Media Studies - AS/A2 (OCR) at Churchdown School Academy

Course description

2 year course offered as part of a full time study programme

Course content

What does the AS course include?

Unit 1: Practical Coursework- Foundation Portfolio (50% of AS) As a group, you will plan, film and edit your own media texts, based on your ideas for a new horror film. You will then produce an evaluation of your work.

Unit 2: Key Media Concepts (50% of AS) You will study a range a media techniques and theory based units in preparation for the exam. The AS exam consists of two essay style questions.

One question is based on your knowledge of news audiences and how their changing behaviour has led to dramatic changes in the way news is produced and distributed by the institutions.

The other question will be a deconstruction of a previously unseen moving image extract taken from a TV drama where students will be able to analyse the representation of particular groups or characters shown on screen.

What does the A2 course involve?

Unit 3: Practical Coursework - Advanced Portfolio (50 % of the A2)

This is the coursework unit. Like the foundation portfolio, you will work in groups to produce a horror trailer and then either a poster promoting the film or a website page for the film.

A brief and evaluation also accompanies the coursework. Unit 4: Critical Perspectives in the Media (50% of the A2) This exam paper requires students to critically analyse their own development in terms of production skills from their coursework at AS level to A2.

This part of the course also includes an investigation into how the development of the internet has had an impact on various media industries considering how they have reacted to the changes and how they are preparing for the future.

Entry requirements

Pathway 1: 4 A levels

•        5 A* to C Grades in GCSEs, including Maths and English, and meeting any subject specific requirements (see below)

Pathway 2: A combination of A levels and Level 3 Vocational Courses

•        5 A*to C Grades (Merits in BTEC and Vocational Courses) and meeting any subject specific requirements (see below)

Future opportunities

Where could this lead?

A qualification in Media Studies will be recognised by any college or university.

Options in further education include degrees in Film Studies and Media Studies or vocational courses in practical media skills.

The course is also a good basis for further studies in English, Art, Drama and Business.

Future jobs could include work in a variety of media industries such as film, TV, radio, advertising, journalism or the music industry.

Further information

Will it suit me?

This course is for anyone with an interest in film, TV, or the impact of the media on the world.

It is an evenly balanced course consisting of practical elements where students work collaboratively and theory based elements where students develop written and analytical skills.

Media Studies is one of the most popular choices for students at A Level due to our reputation of excellent results, resources and the high retention of students from GCSE.

We are looking for keen, dedicated students who are prepared to spend time filming outside school hours.

AS Media can be studied alongside any subject but links especially well with English, Drama, Art and Business Studies.

You do not need to have taken Media at GCSE in order to study the subject at AS level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years