Media Studies A Level -

MEDIA STUDIES A LEVEL

OCR H409 (TO BE CONFIRMED)

WHY STUDY MEDIA STUDIES?

A study of the media is a way of understanding how we communicate in an increasingly complicated world. This specification enables scope for students’ creativity through practical work. Practical coursework accounts for 30% of marks and will promote student understanding of the new media which dominate the contemporary media landscape. All coursework will be presented in electronic format on a blog.

THE A LEVEL PROGRAMME OF STUDY

Media Products, 30% of A level.

Section A

analysing representation through media language in three texts. The treatment of asylum seekers in three texts may be the theme, for example

Section B

theoretical evaluation of production work

Media in a Digital Age,40% of A level.

Section A:

one essay on changing media platforms

Section B

one essay, from a choice of two, on evolving media in the digital age

Section C

one essay, from a choice of two, on long form television drama in a digital age

Creating Media, non-examination assessment - 30% of A level

Briefs include:

Music Promotion for a new label

·         a three minute promotional video

·         a website

·         a press kit

Television magazine programme

·         one minute trailer for television and a two minute trailer for online

·         a website

·         a press kit

Television soap opera promotion

·         one minute trailer for television and a two minute trailer for online

·         a website

·         a press kit

       

HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Past students have enrolled on a range of courses both media related and non-related. Common choices have included video or film production, business and marketing, media production and film and television studies courses and general media studies courses. Some students have also developed contacts and work placements have resulted. A number of former students have gone on to work in a range of media related areas.

A CURRENT STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE

“It’s a course that has a great balance of creative practical work and media theory. Both of these are challenging and engaging and can be highly addictive”.

- Joe Pettit, Year 13

SUBJECT SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

If you have studied GCSE Media Studies then you are expected to have achieved a B grade or above. Students will be required to have grade 5 or above in English GCSE and a grade 4 or higher in mathematics GCSE. You do not have to have studied Media Studies at GCSE level.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION please contact Mr A Morris amo@sandon.essex.sch.uk