In this course students will view, evaluate and analyse a variety of media products and develop practical skills spanning a range of media forms, including print, broadcast and digital media. This is an exciting, well established contemporary and academic subject and encourages students to think critically about the media and produce media products themselves. Students will explore the context within which the media operates and the historical, political, economic and social factors that shapes the world. This subject would suit students who have good IT skills, show evidence of creativity and are interested in understanding the way the media adds meaning to our lives. Where can this subject lead?
This course will prepare students for a wide range of media related careers and encourage the development of many transferable and practical skills. Many students will go on to higher education, and an increasing number are looking at higher level apprenticeships.
How is this course assessed?
Paper 1: Written paper (35% of A Level)
-Questions will focus on issues and debates in the media based on the Close Study Products provided by the Exam Board.
-Short answer questions relating to the products.
-Four longer answer questions assessing in depth knowledge of the four areas of the theoretical framework-Form, Audience, Representation and Institution .
Paper 2: Written paper (35% of A Level)
-Questions will focus on the analysis of media products, through the lens of the theoretical framework and refer to Close Study Products provided by the exam board.
-Short answers in relation to particular media products.
-Two longer answer questions assessing depth of knowledge of products.
Coursework: Non-exam assessment: Creating a Media Product (30% of A Level)
-This part of the course is a practical media production relating to a format of the student's choice.
-You will produce a statement of intent and cross-media products.
Five standard passes at GCSE (at least a Grade 4). This must include at least a Grade 4 in English Language and Maths at GCSE.
Students will need to gain at least a Grade 4 in the subjects they would like to study at A Level.
Literature: requires at least a Grade 5 in English (Literature or Language).
Maths: requires at least a Grade 6 in maths.
• For those students who have studied Combined Science at least two Grade 5s will be required.
• For those students who have studied Triple Science at least two Grade 5s will be required with at least a Grade 5 in the science subject/s they wish to study at A Level.