Media Studies A Level at The Thomas Hardye School
Students will explore and analyse a wide range of media texts, studying the structures of advertisements, newspapers and magazines, television programmes and the impact of new technology and formats like social media and the internet. The course will develop their skills of enquiry, critical understanding and analysis of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of practical skills. Students will look at structure, genre, audience positioning and targeting, narrative and representation and the conceptual contexts in which media texts are constructed, interpreted and understood. Students will discuss their own interpretations and those in critical texts.
The students will develop their understanding of media language and representation in relation to a number of media forms including advertising, marketing, music video or newspapers. They will then analyse a range of texts for audience response and theoretical positions. This understanding will be developed and enhanced through practical planning and construction of media texts. Students will be given their production coursework brief (an individual cross-media production based on two forms in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC) and will complete this over the summer term and the first half term of year 2.
Initially students will complete their production coursework and then will move onto analysing the role of television in the global age, magazines, mainstream and alternative media and media in the online age.
There are two exams. The first is 2 hours 15 minutes and covers media language and representation. The second exam is 2 hours 30 minutes and covers media forms and products in depth. The portfolio of production coursework is worth 25%.
Media Studies can lead to further study in media and communication studies, scriptwriting, animation, advertising and film and television production. Former students have gone on to work for advertising agencies, public relations departments and film production.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thomas Hardye School directly.