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A Level Media Studies at Great Baddow High School

Course description

The aims of the course are to:
- enhance candidates enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in their daily lives;
- develop critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of practical skills;
- explore production processes, technologies and contexts;
- become independent in research skills and their application.

Course content

AS G321: Foundation Portfolio in Media
This is a coursework unit where candidates produce a film opening. This process involves progression from a pre-production, preliminary exercise to a more fully realised piece. Candidates present their research and planning in either paper-based or digital format and do an evaluation in digital format, based on seven required prompt questions. This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated.
 
G324: Advanced Portfolio in Media
This is a coursework unit where candidates engage with contemporary media technologies to produce a music video portfolio through a combination of two or more media and then present their research, planning and evaluation in digital format. This is a development of the skills from Unit G321 and is also internally assessed and externally moderated.
 
G325: Critical Perspectives in Media 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.
 
Both in the Foundation Portfolio and Advanced Portfolio units, there is plenty of hands-on experience and some quite sophisticated skills with equipment and post-production software are developed. All A level production work is submitted on a website. Students also show evidence of planning, reflection and evaluation to accompany the practical work and are encouraged to “read” media texts in analytical and creative ways throughout the course.

Assessment

Assessment of this course is based on completion of four modules as listed below.
Marks achieved in each module are aggregated towards the final total and grading. Throughout, you will have a clear understanding of your progress towards your final grade.

Future opportunities

The study of this A-level will provide the you with further experience of a range of transferable skills: imagination, group work, essay writing, analysis and independent research. Communication and presentation skills are also honed during your studies. You will also develop practical skills in editing, blogging and desktop publishing using professional standard software. These skills are in demand from both university course tutors and employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Great Baddow High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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