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Media Studies AS/A2 Level (WJEC) at The North Halifax Grammar School

Course description

Media Studies - Examining Body WJEC

The course is designed to analyse the whole of the media industry, covering practical and theoretical areas across the following formats: tv, radio, magazines, computer games, internet and film. Jobs it could lead to Journalism, marketing, advertising, distribution, directing, editing, production management, public relations, creative design, script-writing, technological development, film and literary criticism. (Across all media formats.) Exam topics AS: An analysis of an unseen media product (across all formats) using media theory. A2: In depth case studies across film, television and music applied to advanced media theory. Coursework requirements AS: Students research the thriller genre then create their own opening sequence, followed by a report. A2: A research essay and a media artefact of the student’s choice, past artefacts have included: short films, film posters, press packs, TV opening sequences and music videos. Some of the texts studied at AS and A2. The Bridge, The Inbetweeners, Downton Abbey, The Wire, Ashes to Ashes, Skins,  Shameless, Game of Thrones, Made in Chelsea, Dexter, Homeland, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario Kart, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Skyrim, NME, Q, Kerrang, Cosmopolitan, A selection of music videos from the 1980s to present day, album art from a variety of artists, Facebook, Twitter, Inception, Brass Eye, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Star Wars, The Dark Knight trilogy, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and Scream, Seven and Fight Club. Who might prefer this course? People who are wanting to explore ALL areas of the Media, rather than specialise in Film / People who use a wide variety of media products / People who want to work in the media industry/ People who are creative/ People who are good at analysis, debate and discussion.

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Last updated date: 22 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years