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Media AS and A level at The Emmbrook School

Course description

A-Level Media is a subject in which candidates will investigate the media world in order to reach an understanding and basic evaluation of how meanings and responses are created. The contemporary media landscape and its changing contexts will be studied in terms of products, platforms and technologies.

In the first year of the course, candidates will produce two linked media products taken from two of the three media platforms studied in the exam unit, with a single, accompanying evaluation and pre-production folder for both pieces.

In the second year of the course, candidates will explore the impact of new/digital media on a case study of their choosing, accompanied by a further practical unit encompassing a critical investigation and linked production piece.

Media is a subject which is an extremely valuable qualification and would suit a wide variety of career pathways. You could also progress to a higher level of study in a specific Media industry, some of the most popular being Journalism or Film Studies.

Course content

AS Unit 1: Investigating Media - teaching will begin by delivering the principles of the four key concepts of analysis: Form; Audience; Institution and Representation. The aim is to empower students to be confident in the analysis of a broad variety of texts across each of the three media platforms. A cross-media topic is then delivered, currently sitcom, to allow students to be able to use research skills to create their own case study. This unit is assessed through a two hour examination and is worth 50% of the AS course (25% of the ALevel).

Unit 2: Creating Media – in response to the issue of an externally set brief from the exam board, this Unit allows students to develop a wide range of practical skills to aid them in the planning and creation of two linked Media products from two of the following platforms: moving image, print or e-media. Students work independently to produce work for this practical Unit, with the support of regular tutorials provided by their subject teachers. This unit is assessed internally and is worth 50% of the AS course (25% of the A-Level).

Entry requirements

C grade in English Language AND a C grade in either English Literature or Media.

Future opportunities

Media is a subject which is an extremely valuable qualification and would suit a wide variety of career pathways. You could also progress to a higher level of study in a specific Media industry, some of the most popular being Journalism or Film Studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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