Media Studies A-Level at The Warren School
The aim of the Media Studies course is to explore the Media all around us that has a huge impact on our lives and yet we too often take for granted. The key point is that everything we see or hear in the Media has been ‘constructed’, it has been made by someone, and generally it has been designed to influence or seduce us into consuming it. Media Studies aims to ‘de-construct’ these media messages so that we see how they achieve their effects. This is approached firstly, by learning how to analyse ‘texts’ (any media product) in detail, looking at how different media forms have their own language and how people and ideas are represented. The second approach is through making original texts. Students will learn how to take effective photographs, how to use digital still and video cameras and how to use I.T. programs such as web design, desktop publishing, digital image manipulation and digital video editing software. Our aim is for students to develop analytical and practical skills that will enable them to be discerning and critical media consumers, creative media producers and confident individuals with informed personal insights into the media world.
At A/S the practical component comprises 50% of the total mark and will involve students working in groups to research, plan and make a thriller opening will all evidence presented via an online blog. There will be a final exam, also 50%, involving a study of TV Drama and also a media institution – currently the magazine industry. At A2 the practical component again comprises 50% of the total mark. Students work in groups to research, plan and make a cross-media promotional package for a film in any genre of their choosing, consisting of a trailer, poster and magazine cover. Again, all evidence will be presented via an online blog. The final exam, again 50%, involves adopting critical and theoretical approaches to their own practical work as well as a study of media regulation and censorship.
We do not expect students to have any experience of Media study prior to starting the course. It will not matter whether or not you have taken GCSE Media. However, an interest in the Media, a desire to make Media texts and an enquiring mind are essential. Because of the need to write good English we require English Language GCSE at grade C or above.
Media Studies students frequently go on to take media-related courses in both theory and production at universities including those in the Russell group. Many have followed careers in the media, one student currently being the sports sub-editor for the Daily Mail and another working as an assistant editor at the BBC. Several have gone on to work for advertising agencies whilst others have set up their own media companies in the fields of editing and independent film production.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Warren School directly.