MEDIA STUDIES

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YEAR 12 STUDENT

Media Studies has helped me develop my creative skills using Photoshop and Video editing software to create Short Film, websites and magazine content. I have enjoyed debates on current topics and analysing film and TV theory

WHY STUDY FURTHER MATHS?

If you are always consuming media products (films, television shows, newspapers, magazines, social media, YouTube, general websites) and are fascinated with the processes in which these types of products are created then this course is perfect for you. You will get the unparalleled opportunity to learn how the world is manipulated, engage with things that are essential to your day-to-day living and express yourself creatively.

Furthermore, there are thousands of aspects in the creative process when producing a media text; so finding something that you are interested in would not be difficult. This is balanced with a deeply theoretical aspect of the course that opens your eyes to how the world you live in is sliced up, packaged and beautified before being presented back to you.

Media Studies A Level is increasingly highly regarded by universities and employers as it gives you access to creative analytical skills not found in many other subjects. It teaches you how to analyse texts, construct arguments, debate and decide on what you think.

COURSE CONTENT

Core modules

  • Unit 1 – Investigating Media

  • Unit 2 –Creating Media

  • Unit 3: Critical Perspectives

  • Unit 4 – MEST4: Research and Production

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES:

  • Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business - Neil Postman

  • Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man - Marshall McLuhan

  • Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide - Henry Jenkins

ASSESSMENTS

Exam Papers

Paper 1: Media Messages

2hrs (35%)

Paper 2: Evolving Messages

2hrs (35%)

Non-exam Assessments

Coursework: Media Messages

(30%)

HIGHER EDUCATION ROUTES

Media / Communications / Film Studies / Humanities 

POTENTIAL CAREERS

Journalism / Editor (newspapers, magazines, websites etc.) / Film Production (directing, writing, acting, producing, sound technician, camera person) / Radio / Music Industry / Videographer / Advertising Copywriter / Arts Critic

EXAM BOARD: OCR

COURSE CODE: H409

COURSE TYPE: A Level