Media Studies: A-Level

Course Description
The course sees students developing knowledge and understanding of the impact and influence of the fast moving and highly influential multi-media world we live in today. The aims of the course are to encourage students to:
Develop further their interest and enthusiasm for Media, including developing an interest in further study of traditional and new media, through both old and recent media products.
Appreciate the potential role and importance in how the media may shape our views, ideas and understanding of the world we live in today.
Develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of theoretical frameworks to apply to the study of media products and specific topic areas (set by the exam board).
Develop essential knowledge and understanding in different areas of media such as broadcasting, digital media, print and understand how they relate to each other.
An opportunity to produce high quality practical coursework which is informed by both the academic and practical skills covered throughout the course.
 
The course suits students with enquiring minds and a real interest in both the historical aspects of media that can help to understand the media that is produced for audiences today.  
 
Course Outline - 3 Units (2 exams, 1 Coursework)
 
Topic 1: Will focus on issues and debates in the media. A topic will be released in advance by the exam board where students will need to develop arguments: contextual and use the key concepts (media language, representation, institution and audience) relating to the theme set. 
 
Paper 2:  Questions will focus on the analysis of media products, with a focus on the key theoretical frameworks. Students will be expected to refer to the Close Study Products (CSPs) provided by the exam board and other products they have studied to show theory being applied to examples. They will also be expected to demonstrate understanding of the contexts in which the products were created.
 
Paper 3:  Practical skills relating to the media format of their choice for which the exam board will provide a range of options, and that will be informed by a specific theme such as ‘power’, ‘cult of celebrity’.... 
 
Course Assessment
 
Paper 1: 35% of A Level.  It is a 2-hour exam with a mix of short and long answer questions.
Paper 2: 35% of A Level.  Assessed on ability to contrast theoretical ideas to a range of media examples. A mix of short answer and more in-depth questions.
Paper 3: 30% of A level. This paper is called as Non-Exam Assessment, and students have the chance to create their own media products from a selection made by the exam board.  
 
 
 
 
Career Opportunities
 
Media students are employed in many areas including marketing, public relations, media production, both in traditional and new-media areas.  A number of the skills developed throughout the course are also transferrable, such a research, teamwork, independent learning and presentations, to a number of other careers.
 
Progression to University
 
This course is well recognised by the Universities that offer strong practical and academic media-focussed or creative degrees.