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Media Studies A-Level at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich

Course description

Year 12 Content

In Year 12 students will investigate media in order to reach an understanding and basic evaluation of how meanings and representations are created.  The key concepts of media language and conventions, institutions, audiences and representations will be explored through theoretical and practical work in audio-visual, print based and ICT based media.

Unit G321: Investigating Media

Students will study the contemporary media landscape through analysis of a variety of media products, platforms and technologies.  This Unit is assessed by a 1 hour 30 minutes written exam.

Unit G322: Creating Media

This is a coursework unit. Students will produce an opening of a new film including the title sequence together with a digital planning portfolio which is created on a blog platform.

Year 13 Content

At A2, students are encouraged to examine the media in a less formulaic way and demonstrate, develop and formulate their understanding of the media and its influential role in today's society as well as debating Major Contemporary Media Issues.

Unit G324: Critical Perspectives

This paper covers the two areas of Theoretical Evaluation of Production alongside a study of Contemporary Media Issues.  In Section A, candidates describe and evaluate their skills development in their production work and then select one production to evaluate in relation to a media concept.  In Section B, candidates choose one topic and then demonstrate their understanding of a contemporary issue through a range of texts, institutions, audiences and debates.  This Unit is externally examined with a 2 hour exam.

Unit G325: Research and Production

This is a coursework unit.  Students will produce two linked production pieces using two different media platforms together with a digital planning portfolio which is created on a blog platform.  They then analyse and evaluate their practical work over the two years with a written exam.

Entry requirements

Students require a grade B or above in English Language GCSE and, if taken, Media GCSE.  Students who have not studied Media will require a B grade or above in a related subject such as Art or History GCSE. 

Successful completion of AS Media Studies with a grade D or above is necessary to carry on to Year 13 Media Studies.



Media is assessed in two ways on the A Level course. The coursework is internally assessed and externally moderated, whilst the exam is externally assessed and moderated.  This four- unit specification in Media Studies integrates theoretical and practical approaches by requiring students to write about their coursework experiences in the synoptic examinations.  It also insists upon the importance of a full understanding of the new media which dominate the contemporary landscape by ensuring that students use such media in their coursework and write about them in their examinations

The coursework involves planning, creating and evaluating a media text in Year 12 and three linked pieces in Year 13.

The course requires you to be Creative, Analytical and Hard-Working!

Future opportunities

Media degrees or similar courses can be followed at University or more practical or vocational based courses at specialist colleges.  Media is recognised more widely for students applying for degree courses in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.  Media degrees do not necessarily get students jobs in broadcasting but can be a vital first step into this career.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2015

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