Why is this subject important and engaging?
Media Studies is challenging, interesting and creative. The course looks at a number of media industries across time, such as: Advertising, Music, Film, TV, Magazines, Newspapers, Video Games and Online Media. Media Studies involves the analysis of media language, issues of representation and application of theory. It also addresses the role of changing audiences, industries and historical and social contexts. You will develop a critical understanding of the media through engagement with set products and through the creative application of production skills.
AS/A Level Media Studies
What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge
Having studied Media Studies at GCSE level is not a prerequisite, however it would certainly be helpful. Attention to detail and strong analytical skills in written responses are important, as there is a lot of new terminology and theory, and many different texts to analyse.
It really helps to be confident in using ICT too, as you will work with a variety of programmes and equipment. Experience in Photography or Art/Design subjects would be advantageous for the production element of the course.
The world of Media is constantly evolving, so you will need to be aware of current and emerging trends in society.
What will I learn on this course?
This course can be taken either as an AS level only, or over two years as an A-level. At AS level, you will study most of the set texts and theories from various industries, as well as complete a piece of coursework from an annually changing brief (this will be a practice for A-level students, but formally assessed if you are taking AS only).
At A-level, you will cover the additional set texts and theories, as well as complete a cross-media production from an annually changing brief.
This specification aims to ensure that you are exposed to as wide a range of media as possible. You will learn how to analyse codes and conventions, how different groups are represented, how audiences consume and interpret media texts and how texts reflect their historical, social and industry context. You will become familiar with key concepts, terminology and theories, as having a clear understanding of these is essential for success in the exams and coursework.
What key skills will I develop?
You will develop a range of analytical and technical skills in this course, from written communication to independent research and creative design.
How will I be assessed?
For both AS Level only and A-Level options, there are two exams – Component 1 and Component 2. These total 70% of your final grade, and there is one piece of coursework worth 30%. The coursework briefs change annually.
In Component 1, there is a mix of short and extended-response questions which test knowledge of the set products, but unseen material is also included. In Component 2, there are three extended responses.
The course in this new format began in the 2017-2018 year.
What could this course lead to?
You may wish to go onto study Media courses at university or pursue a career in Media. Media-related fields include (but aren’t limited to) Journalism, Communications, Media Production and Advertising & Marketing.
Additional events, trips or enrichment activities
Past activities have included visiting BBC Wiltshire and talks from industry professionals, and we are looking at new trip ideas too. You have the opportunity to get involved with the school’s C6 social media.
Are there any additional costs for this course?
You will need to purchase a copy of the textbook for use at school and home. You may also wish to purchase copies of various set texts for revision at home.
Who do I contact if I have further questions?
- Miss A Chung – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Miss R Hampshire – email@example.com