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Media Studies - AS & A2 at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre

Course description

AS & A2 Media Studies

Course content

Unit 1 (Examination) – Key Media Concepts

• Section A Representation in TV Drama – you will analyse a 5 minute extract from a TV Drama programme

• Section B Institutions and Audiences – you will answer one essay question based on a film industry case study

Unit 2 (Coursework) Foundation Portfolio in Media

You will plan and produce a film opening or a music magazine

Unit 3 (Examination)

• Section A Theoretical Evaluation of Coursework – you will answer two questions based on your production work

• Section B Contemporary Media Issues – We Media and Democracy – how social media and new technologies are changing society.

Unit 4 (Coursework)

Advanced Portfolio in Media – you will plan and produce a film or music promotion package including a trailer or a music video

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grade C or above.

Grade C or above in English.


50% coursework 50% examination

Future opportunities

Many media studies students go on to study media/film related courses at university. Journalism, media production and film courses are popular choices. Students also pursue studies in other arts, humanities, ICT, and business related courses. Media students develop excellent team work and practical skills which are transferable to the work place.

Further information

What skills do I need to develop to be successful on this course?

• Creativity and flair.

• Creativity and flair

• Good ICT skills and a willingness to learn new technologies

• A genuine interest in the media and popular culture

• Good powers of analysis

• An ability to express ideas clearly in writing

What other subjects compliment A Level Media Studies?

Media studies is an excellent complement to other creative and discursive subjects such as art, photography, English, history, sociology, psychology, film, business, and ICT.

How will I be taught?

50% of the time will be spent on practical assignments using a range of digital equipment and software. Students will be taught how to use filming equipment, Adobe CS6 software (Photoshop, Indesign) and Adobe Premiere video editing software. Examination work will be taught through case studies and the practical application of analytical skills.

What extra-curricular opportunities are there?

To support students in their studies, the Media and Film Department offer a range of enrichment activities.

These include:

Trip to the Media Conference, London

Visit to Warner Studios or Museum of Moving Image

Digital Filmmaking Club (competitions)

Lunchtime Cinema Club (film viewing)

Practical Work Support Sessions

Student Testimonial, why study A Level Media Studies?

Media Studies is a course made up equally of theory and practical work. The theory side of the course is pretty easy to pick up as the teacher will explain it in a way which allows you to understand it as much as possible. There are numerous areas of media which you can be taught such as films, magazines, adverts and music videos. In each year you will learn a different form of media, for example in year 12 I studied films and in year 13 I am studying music videos. This allows you to pick up and improve on more skills. During the course you will learn and improve a variety of skills such as editing skills, how to use different pieces of equipment and how to use different types of software. As well as key media skills you’ll improve on your day-to- day skills like communication, team-work and working independently. Personally, Media Studies has helped to boost my self-confidence and organisation skills. It is a very fun course and I recommend it to everyone. Judy Year 13

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lordswood Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 23 November 2015
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