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Media A Level at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form

Course description

Students of media will learn how to analyse existing media texts, ranging from TV, Film and the Internet, to newspapers, magazines, advertising and promotional material. They will focus on how different topics are represented in those texts, for example how Kidulthood represents issues of age, gender and ethnicity, or how the tabloid press represent social issues like youth crime or immigration. They will learn the skills required to produce a short film extract, as well as those of both working in a team and independently. In Year 13 students study in more detail the three industries of TV, Film and Newspapers looking at the relationship between text, industry and audience as well as completing a music video for their coursework. This course suits students who are interested in the media and who consume it themselves (eg watch films, TV, read the newspapers or interact on-line). Students need to be self motivated, be willing to give new things a go, be able to work independently and in a team, as well as be able to produce a high level of written analysis



MS1 - Media Representations and Responses - Weighting 25%, Exam
Content: Analysis of the representation of these topics as found in a variety of media texts: Gender, Age, Ethnicity, Regional and National Identity, Issues and Events.
MS2 - Media Production Processes - Weighting 25%, Coursework
Content: Research, plan, produce and evaluate the opening to a new thriller film.
MS3 - Investigation and Production - Weighting: 25%, Coursework
Content: Research, plan, produce and evaluate a music video to a song of your choice.
MS4 - Media: Text, Industry and Audience - Weighting 25%, Exam
Content: Study three case study texts for each of the named industries focusing on the relationship between text, industry and audience. TV, Film and Newspapers.

Future opportunities

Media Studies A level stands students in good stead for any Media related course at University – from journalism to film production. It prepares students well for life after school particularly for those who have aspirations to work within the Media and creative industries. Students will also develop transferrable skills of independent research, working in a team, presenting work to a group, taking on a professional approach to project work by accepting responsibility for the roles they have been given and being able to write at length about a given topic

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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    • If you are looking to join an excellent Sixth Form where you will achieve good results and have a great time too, Ferndown Upper School is the place for you!

      At Ferndown Upper School we believe that all Sixth Formers are entitled to a full range of activities that include the opportunity to:

      • Participate in main school life and run their own Student Union which organises social events, parties, charity fundraising and improvements to the college block.
      • Enjoy music and sports.
      • Receive clear guidance on future work options and applications to university.

      Every student’s future is important to us, therefore we organise dedicated sessions to provide detailed information on all option choices after Sixth Form. Our Head of Year 13 is also the UCAS co-ordinator at FUS and arranges workshops for students to guide them through the application process to gain entry to university, apprenticeships or employment.

      Furthermore, to ensure that we are offering the best educational and pastoral support, each student is linked to a tutor who will guide them through Sixth Form and will monitor their progress through regular academic mentoring sessions. The tutor is the first contact for students and parents for information and guidance. Tutors can arrange career appointments in school, set in motion information requests to subjects to check academic progress and can organise meetings between students, subject staff and parents.

      The Sixth Form is very much a social community and relations between students and teachers are relaxed and friendly. No two experiences of the Sixth Form are the same, but everyone has much to gain and much to contribute.

      We welcome committed students with ambition. Our most gifted and talented students often progress to the country’s top universities and training establishments, and to promote this students are encouraged to take part in mock interviews with local dignitaries. Our emphasis on taking control and becoming independent learners and thinkers promotes personal growth in all our students. The student community that results is distinctly colourful and energetic.