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Media Studies A level at Wollaston School

Course description

We live in a media saturated society — whether you want to be informed, entertained or sold to, it is nearly impossible to avoid the power and the influence of the media. This course is designed to enable you to develop three different relation- ships with media texts. As a consumer you will become aware that media texts are constructed to convey information from somebody else’s perspective — and you should become a critical reader of these texts.

You will also view media texts from the perspective of the institution which has produced them exploring how the messages are constructed and distributed to the audience. Finally, producing and evaluating your own media texts will give you a real hands - on understanding of how texts effectively communicate.

Course content

Audience

Ideology

Control

Representation

New & Digital Media

Regulation

Genre

Globalisation

Media Effects

Narrative

Censorship

Media Form

Institution

Ownership

Media Theory

Assessment

MEST 1 – Investigating the Media Introduction to Media forms and platforms Tools for critical analysis The key concepts A detailed multi - platform case study 2 hour written exam. Analysis of previously unseen stimulus material. Essay based on cross media case study.

MEST 2 – Creating Media Creation and evaluation of two linked produc- tion pieces across different platforms.

MEST 3 – Critical perspectives How issues are presented through the media. The identity of a specific group or place across the media. The impact of new media technologies. 2 hour written exam including essays based on case studies and response to previously unseen stimulus materials.

MEST 4 – research and production 2000 word research essay and fully realised linked production based on your research.

Future opportunities

A Level Media Studies can be useful for a range of courses/careers including journalism, marketing, advertising, business, public relations and careers within the media.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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