Media Studies A Level at The Hazeley Academy
You will gain an understanding of how media texts are constructed, how they appeal to audiences and how they influence attitudes within society. This will be done through developing an understanding of a wide range of techniques used in the construction of media, as well as media theories. With this understanding you will then develop your technical skills in order to produce your own media texts.
For the coursework, you will produce several linked pre-production and production texts, choosing to work within a medium and genre that you are interested in. You will then evaluate your work, considering how research informed your choices and comparing your work to professional texts.
The exam will focus on your analytical skills; firstly analysing a blind media text, before focusing on audience and representation.
For the A2 coursework you will carry out research into representation within or conventions of a genre, before writing an essay on your findings. This essay will be the springboard for your production, which will largely be audio-visual (most students either create a music video or movie trailer). You will then evaluate how successful you have been in turning your research into a production.
Students should have a minimum grade of a B in GCSE Media, however, it is not a prerequisite to have GCSE Media, so in these circumstances your English grades will be taken into account.
The exam focuses on nine core texts, across three different industries, which we will choose. They will be three movies, three TV shows and three music acts. You will then answer three essay questions, one on each industry. These questions will focus on industry, genre, representation or narrative.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hazeley Academy directly.