A Level Media Studies at Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School
The main aspect of the AS Foundation Production involves the production of the opening two minutes of a movie including titles. As part of your preparation you also need to produce a continuity exercise to demonstrate the ability to produce a number of techniques including shot/ reverse/shots.
The AS Media Concepts examination in the summer is divided into two parts. For the first part the students have to deconstruct an extract from a TV drama – with the students making notes whilst being shown the clip four times. Then the students have an hour and a half to analyse the extract focusing on a specific area of representation, and then to answer an essay question based on their newspaper case study.
The Advanced Portfolio at A2 concerns producing a marketing portfolio for a new album to include a music promo for a single, the packaging for a digi -pack, and a music magazine advertisement. For the A2 Critical Perspectives in Media examination you will apply media theories to your AS and A2 Practical Portfolios. You will also study media censorship and regulation through case studies on newspaper libel laws and self censorship, computer game censorship issues, and issues arising from film board classification.
At least a Grade C in GCSE English Language.
The Foundation Production Module accounts for 50% of the AS. The summer exam accounts for the other 50% of the AS.
For A2 the marks are again equally divided between the Advanced Production and the summer examination.
Past students have gone on to study, Media, Film English, Politics, Arts Foundation, Sociology, Design and other Arts related subjects. Some students may want to pursue a more practical film courses and careers in media production and post production.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School directly.