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Media Studies

Course requirements 

If Media Studies has been taken at GCSE, a minimum C grade is required.

Course description 

This is an interesting, creative and demanding course that deals with an important element of everyday life. Students not only study Media, but also have the opportunity to become researchers, journalists, editors, photographers and designers.

AS Components

1. Foundation Portfolio

Students research, plan and produce two paired media artefacts in print production; a preliminary exercise using DTP and an image manipulation programme to produce the front page of a school/college magazine and a main task of producing the front page, contents and double spread of a new music magazine.

2. Key Media Concepts

This unit includes the textual analysis of various technical aspects of the languages and conventions of the moving image media: TV Drama. Students will also study the contemporary institutional processes of production, distribution, marketing and the consumption of the Music and Film industries.

3. Foundation Portfolio

Students research, plan and produce two paired media artefacts in print production; a preliminary exercise using DTP and an image manipulation programme to produce the front page of a school/college magazine and a main task of producing the front page, contents and double spread of a new music magazine.

4. Key Media Concepts

This unit includes the textual analysis of various technical aspects of the languages and conventions of the moving image media: TV Drama. Students will also study the contemporary institutional processes of production, distribution, marketing and the consumption of the magazine industry. 

A2 Components

1. Advanced Portfolio

Students explore a wider breadth of media forms and develop production skills to create the first four pages of an original regional magazine plus the two following options: two hyperlinked pages from the magazine’s website and a billboard advertisement for the magazine.

2. Critical Perspectives 

Students will describe and evaluate their skill development over the course of their production work in relation to theoretical concepts. They will also study contemporary media issues, debates and representations of youth and identity within the British Film and Television Industry. 

3. Advanced Portfolio

Students explore a wider breadth of media forms and develop production skills to create the first four pages of an original regional magazine plus the two following options: two hyperlinked pages from the magazine’s website and a billboard advertisement for the magazine.

4. Critical Perspectives

Students will describe and evaluate their skill development over the course of their production work in relation to theoretical concepts. They will also study contemporary media issues, debates and the representation of collective identity referring to magazines and gender. 

Assessment 

Units 1 and 3 are assessed through practical production coursework. Units 2 and 4 are assessed through a written examination paper. 

Progression 

An A Level in Media Studies is a useful qualification for students wishing to take a degree course at university in subjects including: Media; Print Production, Film Studies; Journalism; Communication Studies and Digital Arts.