A LEVEL MEDIA STUDIES

Awarding Body:WJECCourse Duration:1/2 Years

Minimum Entry Requirements

5 GCSE’s at Grades A*- C including English and Maths.

Course Content

The two units for AS Level are:

Unit 1 - Media Representation and Responses – You will explore the Media through a study of genre, narrative, representation and audience. This will include an analysis of traditional media (e.g. film, music, TV, news) as well as digital media and their construction of social/cultural groups and events. This is an external assessment of 2 ½ hours.

Unit 2Media Production Processes – You will demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in Media production processes through research, planning, production and evaluation. You will produce three pieces of linked work:

1. a pre-production which reflects planning techniques (digital photographic storyboard)
2. a production which has developed out of the pre-production (TV extract)
3. a report which highlights research findings and evaluates the production with existing Media products.

The two units for A2 level are:

Unit 3Media Investigation and Production – This unit reflects the importance of research in informing Media production. You will produce three pieces of linked work:

1. A research investigation into a specific area of study which will draw on primary and secondary sources. This research study will inform the production
2. A Media production (Film trailer, music video or magazine/comic)
3. An evaluation which explores how the production was informed by the research undertaken.

Unit 4 Text, Industry and Audience – This unit develops your understanding of the relationship between Media texts, audiences and industries (e.g. Computer Games, Music, Comic Book and Film Industries).You will study contemporary texts with an investigation of production, distribution, marketing/promotion, regulation, global implications and historical context. This is an external assessment of 2½ hours.

Methods of Teaching

These are varied and include group work, including practical exercises; whole class and group discussions; individual and group research; individual and group presentations; lectures; student directed learning; workshop and activity sessions.

The AS forms 50% of the assessment weighting of the full A Level. AS can be taken as a stand-alone specification or as the first part of the full A Level course.

Financial Implications

Students will have an initial cost of £10 for the provision of Media Studies Resource Packs.

Students may have occasional costs for mini DVDs and trips.

The College has a Student Support Fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.

Career Progression

Career possibilities include journalism, practical production (directing, filming, editing), marketing, PR, programming, research and advertising, among many other roles within a wide range of media industries. Media Studies courses provide students with experience in a number of these fields and offer guidance on how to access these industries.

Many of our students go on to study Media, Cultural, Film, Communication or English related courses at competitive universities. An understanding of Media practices and industries and a strong portfolio of work produced on this course will enable students to progress to the next level with practical experience, self-confidence, academic collateral and a critical awareness of the media-saturated society in which we live.

Although this is a course which offers a number of creative opportunities, Media Studies is largely about developing the students ability to think critically, to analyse and to synthesise academic theory and research, formulating their own arguments and ideas. An enquiring subject for an enquiring mind.

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