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OVERVIEW

Whether or not you studied Media at GCSE, this course will provide you with a critical insight into the media across a wide range of platforms ranging from the web to feature length cinema. The course requires that contemporary media is explored, therefore many of the texts studied have not yet been created. In addition to the cultural and critical insight you will have the opportunity to produce, edit and direct your own productions. The subject is very well resourced, with a recently updated and dedicated Media Studio and classroom.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Recommended:

  • Grade B (6) or higher in GCSE English Language and
  • Grade B (6) or higher in at least one of the following GCSE subjects: Media, Literature, Art, Photography, Drama, History, or RE (full course)

Essential:

  • Grade C (5) or higher in GCSE English Language and
  • Grade C (5) or higher in one of the following GCSE subjects: - Media, Literature, Art, Photography, Drama, History, or RE (full course)

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREERS

Media Studies A Level is an excellent training for any employment involving communication: journalism, broadcasting, animation, marketing, music and media. In addition, it provides a very useful background to further study in Film and Media Studies, Theatre, Journalism, English, Marketing and Psychology or Sociology.

RESULTS

  • A Level results vary a little each year, but typically at the end of Year 13:
  • 40% of students achieve Grades A*-B
  • 70% of students achieve Grades A*-C
  • 100% of students achieve Grades A*-E (a pass)
  • Over 75% of Year 13 students gain their target grade or higher.

FURTHER ADVICE AND INFORMATION

Ms Archer (Head of Media)

Ms Brown

Ms Pheby

Mr Poole, (Head of English Faculty)

 

 

COURSE DETAILS

A Level Media Studies (Eduqas/WJEC)

AS Level Course

Assessments

Component 1: Investigating Media: 1 hour 45 minutes exam (35% of AS Level)

The aim of this unit is to enable candidates to investigate the media by applying media concepts (theoretical framework) to a range of media products in order to reach an understanding of how meanings and responses are created. A study of media forms will engage with media language and representations, as well as offering insight into the values and ideologies underpinning the media. The key theoretical framework is taught by the teacher, via the texts specified by Eduqas (WJEC) to include products from: TV, Film, Advertising and marketing, video games, music videos, social and participatory media, newspapers, radio and magazines. In addition, students’ studies will be supplemented by extra texts suggested by the teachers, but they will also need to complement their studies with further reading and exploration of texts.

Questions include:

  • A question assessing media language.
  • An extended response comparison question assessing representations in relation to an unseen text.

Both an unseen text will be used, along with references to the prescribed texts.

Component 2: Investigating Media Forms and Products:

2-hour exam (35% of AS Level)

Again the aim is to enable students to investigate the media by applying media concepts. This examination assesses knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts (all the key concepts/framework). Students will explore these three media forms through close analysis of the set products, investigating their use of media language and the representations they offer in relation to relevant social, cultural, economic, political and historical contexts. The exam consists of three sections.

Questions include:

  • Three, two-part questions

Or

  • One extended response question.

All questions will be focused on three platforms:

  • Television
  • Magazines
  • Online media

Non – exam assessment (NEA)

Creating a media product (30% of AS)

For this unit Eduqas will set a ‘Production Brief’ to be completed by the candidates. The production will engage with one of the following media forms: television, advertising and marketing: music video, advertising and marketing: film and magazines.

The productions must be fully realised and be supported with appropriate research, thorough pre-production materials and a statement of intent which includes an evaluation of the product.

A Level Course

The A Level course is taught alongside the AS Level course. During the final year of study, students gain more in depth knowledge of and understanding of more advanced theories (theoretical framework), using them to produce their own products.

Assessments

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audience

(Paper 1): 2 hours 15minutes exam

(35% of A Level)

The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media

contexts. The key theoretical framework is taught by the teacher, via the texts specified by Eduqas (WJEC) to include products from: TV, Film, Advertising and marketing, video games, music videos, social and participatory media, newspapers, radio and magazines.

In addition, students’ studies will be supplemented by extra texts suggested by the teachers, but they will also need to complement their studies with further reading and exploration of texts.

Questions include:

  • One question in relation to an unseen text.
  • One extended response comparison question assessing representation in one set product and an unseen text.
  • One stepped question.

Component 2: Media forms and Products in Depth (Paper

2): 2 hours 30 minutes (35% of A Level)

Again the aim is to enable students to investigate the media by apply media concepts. This examination assesses knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts (all the key concepts/framework).

Questions include:

  • One two part question,

Or

  • One extended response question.

Non – exam Assessment

Cross-Media Production (30% of AS)

For this unit Eduqas will set a ‘Production Brief’ to be completed by the candidates. The production will engage with two of the following media forms: television, advertising and marketing: music video, advertising and marketing: film, magazines and ‘website’ production. The productions must be fully realised and be supported with appropriate research, thorough pre-production materials and a statement of intent which includes an evaluation of the product.

Sixth Form Prospectus

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Contact

Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
Luxstowe
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 3EA

How to find us

Tel: +44(0)1579 342344

School Attendance Line (24 hours): +44(0)1579 325730

Fax: +44(0)1579 343350

Email: enquiries@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk

 

 

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