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Media Studies A Level at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys

Course description

A-level Media Studies engages students in the in depth study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework: media language, media representation, media industries, and media audiences.

Students are required to study media products from all of the following media forms: television, film industries, radio, newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing, online, social and participatory media, video games and music video.

The students have the opportunity to learn Publisher, Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro to create their own media texts. Creative, independent learning skills are essential, as is the desire to engage in lively discussion and debate in class. An interest in contemporary media forms such as news, social media and music is useful to the course.

Course content

Unit

What’s assessed?

MEDIA ONE

 

Section A will focus on Media Language and Media Representations. Questions in this section will test the following forms: advertising and marketing and music video.

 

Section B will focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms: radio, newspapers, and film (industries only).

 

Questions

• A range of questions relating to an unseen source and Close Study Products.

• Two essay questions (20 marks), one of which is an extended response question.

MEDIA TWO

 

Questions will focus on the in-depth media forms of television, magazines and online, social and participatory media/video games.

 

Questions

• One medium length unseen analysis question.

• Three essay questions (25 marks), one of which is an extended response question and one of which is a synoptic question.

NEA

 

Application of knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and ability to create media products.

 

Tasks

Students produce a statement of intent and a cross-media production made for an intended audience.

A choice of one of six annually changing briefs, set by AQA assessed by staff and moderated by AQA

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language grade 6. You do not need to have taken GCSE Media Studies.

Assessment

Unit

What’s assessed?

MEDIA ONE

 

Section A will focus on Media Language and Media Representations. Questions in this section will test the following forms: advertising and marketing and music video.

 

Section B will focus on Media Industries and Media Audiences. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms: radio, newspapers, and film (industries only).

 

Questions

• A range of questions relating to an unseen source and Close Study Products.

• Two essay questions (20 marks), one of which is an extended response question.

MEDIA TWO

 

Questions will focus on the in-depth media forms of television, magazines and online, social and participatory media/video games.

 

Questions

• One medium length unseen analysis question.

• Three essay questions (25 marks), one of which is an extended response question and one of which is a synoptic question.

NEA

 

Application of knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and ability to create media products.

 

Tasks

Students produce a statement of intent and a cross-media production made for an intended audience.

A choice of one of six annually changing briefs, set by AQA assessed by staff and moderated by AQA

Future opportunities

  • The department has a successful track record of students proceeding to study Film Production, Creative Writing, Animation, Journalism, Advertising and Marketing at University.  Many of those have then gone on to secure jobs in the industry.
  • We are able to offer advice on different courses and universities related to the subject through visits and feedback from students. We encourage students to expand their portfolios by participating in independent projects and external competitions.
  • We have a lot of resources in the department to encourage students to widen their knowledge and expertise of the subject such as films on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/twgsbmediastudies), examples of past work, student media magazines and books.
  • We have guest speakers from the industry coming in to speak about their specific roles and possible pathways into their work.

 

Further information

If you need further information about this course please contact our Sixth Form Admissions office at sixthformadmissions@twgsboys.kent.sch.uk

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2018
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