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Media Studies - AS Level at The Boswells School

Course description

In recent years the mass media has become an important focus for exploration by students in an increasingly media-saturated world. This course offers candidates a framework through which they can study the distinctive contributions which the mass media make to their understanding and enjoyment of the world in which they live.

The course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in GCSE Media Studies, and it will be of advantage to candidates to have progressed from such a course in which the basic concepts and approaches, which this course seeks to extend and develop, will have been established. It is not, however, a condition that candidates should have followed a course in GCSE Media Studies, as this specification has been designed to attract candidates with a broad based set of qualifications. Candidates new to the basic requirements of Media Studies will need to be introduced to the basic framework for the understanding of media concepts early in the first unit. This will be extended in the AS level units by a deeper understanding of the dynamic relationship between texts and representations, the media institutions and industries which produce them and the audiences which use and enjoy media products. Candidates will progress to extend their abilities to respond critically to media forms, the debates about representations they raise and to consider them in relation to their own media pre-production and production work.

Our students follow the WJEC syllabus for A level Media Studies.

MS1 - 25% external assessment: 2½ hour written paper 100 marks.

Media Representations and Responses
The exam paper consists of three compulsory questions (40, 30 & 30 marks), including one question on unseen audio-visual or print based material (digital media will be presented as print-based).

MS2 - Media Production Processes - 25% internal assessment 100 marks - coursework

The coursework has three components: one pre-production (20 marks); one production which develops from the pre-production (40 marks); and one report on the production process (40 marks).
Media Studies - A2 Level

MS3 - Media Investigation & Production - 25% Internal Assessment 100 marks

This piece of coursework has three components: a written investigation into the media based on one or more of the key media concepts - genre, narrative and/or representation (45 marks); a media production (45 marks); and an evaluation into how the production is informed by the investigative research (10 marks).

MS4 - Media - Text, Industry and Audience - 25% External Assessment 2½ hour Written Paper 90 marks

The exam paper consists of three compulsory questions (30 marks per question). Candidates must answer each question on a different media industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Boswells School directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years