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Media Studies at St Philip Howard Catholic High School

Course description

If you are interested in the world around you and how media influences your choices and decision then Media Studies at A-Level is the course for you. The course involves being creative and working with others to produce dynamic media components of your own design and creation, You will need to have an enquiring mind and a willingness to learn new skills along with a capacity to work in small groups. You will need to be able to look objectively at your work and be able to suggest areas of improvement through evaluation.

Course content

AS : Unit 1 MEST1 Investigating Media AS : Unit 2 MEST2 Creating Media A2 : Unit 3 MEST3 Critical Perspectives A2 : Unit 4 MEST4 Research and Production Course Requirement: You do not need to have studied Media Studies at GCSE, but it is essential that you have a high level of English and enjoy writing. A good knowledge of ICT is preferred but not essential as you will learn new skills throughout the course.

Entry requirements

No previous study of the subject required but C or above at GCSE in English is recommended.

Assessment

Unit 1 – MEST1 Investigating Media
50% of AS, 25% of A Level 
2 hour examination, 80 marks
Four short answer questions and a choice of one from two essays

Unit 2 – MEST2 Creating Media
50% of AS, 25% of A Level 
Practical unit internally assessed and externally moderated, 80 marks
Externally set production briefs – linked two pieces taken in module 1, plus a 1500 word evaluation 

Unit 3 – MEST3 Critical Perspectives 
25% of A Level 
2 hour examination
Three compulsory questions on unseen stimulus pieces One essay from a choice of two topics 

Unit 4 – MEST4 Research and Production 
25% of A Level Practical unit internally assessed and externally moderated, 80 marks
Critical investigation (48 marks)
Linked production piece (32 marks)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Philip Howard Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 11 December 2015
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