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Media Studies AS level at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School

Course description

Media studies at AS and A2 is all about developing the skills to enable students to become critical readers of the media texts (website, films, TV programmes, music videos, magazines etc.) which saturate our lives in the 21st century.

Students will be expected to analyse the media prodcuts themselves as well as consider how they are shaped by the industries and instituations which produce them, and the audiences they're produced for.

Course content

You will prepare for an examination and carry out an extended piece of coursework.

Unit 1 (MS1) - Media Representations and Responses.

Written Examination: 2 hours 30 minutes. (50% of total AS marks)

This unit explores the ways in which media products contruct and reflect aspects of society. You will consider how media producers present 'reality' through a process of mediation (filming, editing, layout etc.)

Next you will explore the relationship between the text and its audience. You will look at how there are multiple ways to interpret a text and how these interpretations are dependent upon the audience's own social and cultural experiences and beliefs.

During this unit you will be expected to study a range of texts from different platforms which illustrate different aspects of representation.

Unit 2 (MS2) - Media Production Processes.

Internal Coursework. (50% of total AS marks)

This unit tests your creative skills. Each student will be required to undertake research, for which they must gather evidence to inform a pre-production piece (storyboard for a new film trailer, film script for the opening sequence of a film or new TV drama, a frontcover for a magazine). Next they will undertake their own media production, such as film posters, a film trailer, music video etc.

Finally they will have to produce a written report which evaluates the other pieces in detail.

Entry requirements

Although this course contains practical and creative elements, it requires you to analyse a multitude of different texts in detail and write about them fluently and at length.

Therefore, in order to succeed in this subject you must be able to express yourself well in writing.

You will also be required to do a lot of work independently and, as a result, must be committed and well-motivated if you wish to achieve the higher grades.

Future opportunities

You will develop many different skills during this course including the ability to work well with others, to undergo research independently, to analyse texts and data in detail and finally you will develop your creative skills in production.

All of these skills will prove beneficial in any degree course or future employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ellesmere Port Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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  • Start date: Next September


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