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Media Studies AS A2 at Kingsthorpe College

Course description

This course allows students to draw on their existing experience of the media and to develop their abilities to respond critically to the media. It enables students to explore a wide variety of media, including digital media technologies, drawing on the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media: texts, industry and audiences. The course also encourages creative work to enable students to gain a greater appreciation of the media through their own production work and to develop their own production skills. At A2 in particular, students are given the opportunity to research a topic which will then form the basis of their production, thus encouraging them to create productions informed by an awareness of contemporary media issues.

Course content

Students will learn how moral, ethical, social, economic and cultural issues are explored and represented through a range of media.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 5 GCSEs grade C or above.
  • To have an interest in all aspects of contemporary media.
  • The desire to look beneath the surface meaning of a text.


AS Coursework - Media Production (50% of AS)

Students will be required to produce THREE pieces of linked work. These will comprise:

  • A pre-production reflecting research and demonstrating planning techniques
  • A production which has developed out of the pre-production
  • A report of 1200-1600 words

A2 Coursework: Media Investigation and production (25%)

Students are required to undertake an individual investigation into a specific area of study focused on one of the following concepts: genre, narrative or representation. Their research should draw on a range of both primary and secondary sources. They will be required to submit a production which should develop from and be informed by their research investigation. This production coursework must also be accompanied by an individual evaluation which explores how the production has been informed by the research undertaken into the relevant media concept.

AS Examination: Media Representations and Responses (25% of A2; 50% of AS)

Students will sit one examination of 2 hours duration. This will focus on demonstrating knowledge and understanding of media concepts, contexts and critical debates by analysing unseen texts (audio-visual or print based). Students will be required to answer three compulsory questions one of which requires analysis of the unseen materials; two further questions will be based on representation and audience issues.

A2 Examination: Media - Text, Industry and Audience

Students will complete an examination of 2 hours duration which will require them to explore the connections and relationships between different elements of the media. They will be expected to explore the debates and theoretical perspectives through close o study of individual case studies for each of their three identified industries.

Further information

Please contact Mrs. N. Ayres Director of the English Faculty

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingsthorpe College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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