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Media Studies at Chestnut Grove Academy

Course description

The new Media Studies A-Level is an exciting and challenging course which encourages you to study critically the media around you. As well as studying a wide range of media texts you are also required to put this theory into practice by creating your own media products.

The course is designed for you to learn and develop a wide range of skills: organisational, analytical, research, critical thinking and creative. You will also develop technical skills such as digital photography, filming, editing, blogging and podcasting.

In Year 12 you will work in production groups to create the opening sequence of a thriller film. You will research existing thrillers and then put your knowledge into practice by planning, filming and editing the opening sequence of your very own thriller. In preparation for the exam at the end of Year 12 you will develop textual analysis skills and look at the technical aspects of TV Drama which you will apply to a short unseen extract. We will also study the music industry in depth and consider the impact of new technologies, such as the effect downloading has had on how we market, produce and sell music.

In Year 13 you will take the practical skills you developed in Year 12 and your knowledge of the music industry to create a music video and promotional material for an unsigned artist. We will then consider contemporary media issues such as; Freedom and Control of the British Press and Film Censorship for the end of year examination.

WHICH SKILLS DO YOU ACQUIRE?

  • Research skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Critical skills
  • Practical skills
  • Team work
  • Leadership
  • Resilliance and independence

Course content

LEVEL: AS Level

UNIT: 1 - Foundation Portfollio

GRADE WEIGHTING: 25%

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LEVEL: AS Levvel

UNIT: 2 - Key media concepts

GRADE WEIGHTING: 25%

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LEVEL: A2 (A Level)

UNIT: 3 - Advanced portfollio

GRADE WEIGHTING: 25%

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LEVEL: A2 (A Level)

UNIT: 4 - Contemporay regulation

GRAD WEIGHTING: 25%

Entry requirements

5A*– C in full GCSEs including a C or above in English Language plus C in Media if studied at GCSE (ideally a B).

Assessment

How is the course assessed?

AS Level – 50% Practical Production: Thriller Film Project and Production Blog

50% Examination- TV Drama Analysis and Music Industry Case Study

AS Level – 50% Practical Production: Music Video Production and Production Blog

50% Examination – Regulation and Control of Media Industries and evaluation of your practical production skills.

Future opportunities

The media industries are fast becoming some of the biggest employers in the world and therefore a media course offers a wide range of career options. These include advertising, marketing, journalism, film, TV and music production. However, even if you choose not to pursue a career directly related to the industry, the skills you develop in Media Studies such as team work, meeting deadlines and research skills are transferable and a key route to other degrees at university.

WHICH CAREER PATHWAYS EXIST AFTER STUDYING THIS COURSE?

  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Web Design
  • Creative industries

Further information

WHICH SUBJECTS COMPLIMENT THIS COURSE?

  • Film Studies
  • English
  • History
  • Art
  • Photography

Contact Ms Molyneux – akhan41.212@lgflmail.org

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chestnut Grove Academy directly.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year course, with 5 lessons per week

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