Media Studies A-Level at Egglescliffe School
Do not be fooled by the newspapers, Media is not an easy option. It involves drawing upon elements from a whole range of disciplines notably Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Art, Literature, Drama and English Language. It is the cross-disciplinary nature of the subject which makes it a great combination with a whole range of other A levels.
The course offers an array of practical skills in development, conceiving, shaping, refining and constructing media texts in a variety of media platforms - filmic, print and Emedia. Students develop professional attitudes and approaches to media creativity. They also develop key critical thinking and analytical judgment as part of the creative process and in textual deconstruction. Students learn to independently observe, judge and construct cogent arguments for themselves.
Year 12 – AS level
Unit 1 : Written exam— response to an unseen piece of media and one media case study (50%).
Unit 2 : Practical production: creation of practical media products for two externally set production briefs (50%).
Year 13 – A2
Unit 3 : Set questions on an unseen media texts and one essay on a key topic (e.g. new media/representation of women in the media)
Unit 4 : A critical investigation of a question you devise yourself, linked to the creation of a media product. You will be expected to create your own media pieces which inevitably will mean committing your own free time both in and after school.
5+ A*-C grades in GCSEs or equivalent qualifications including English Language and Maths.
Enthusiasm, commitment and enjoyment of the media are essential. You will be expected to get involved in practical media work in lessons; recording, editing, performing etc. It is helpful to have GCSE in Drama but by no means essential.
Northumberland University has proved very popular but there are a range of media courses available for those interested at both Newcastle and Teesside. At Teesside students have gone on to create work independently as well as working for organisations such as Channel 4.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Egglescliffe School directly.