GCE A Level Media Studies

Duration:
1 Year for AS, 2 years for A level (A2). 2 examined units make up the AS level and a further 2 examined units are required for the full A level qualification. 50% coursework 50% written exam at AS and A2 level.
 
Specification:
WJEC Specification. 
Further details are available from their website.

Entry Requirements/Student Suitability:
Students are required to reach the Wadebridge Sixth Form Level 3 entry criteria. In addition an enthusiasm and willingness to be creative and work with new software.

Course Content:
AS Level

  • Unit 1: MS1 50%
    Media Representations and Responses
    Exam 2 1/2 hours.

Students will learn how different groups, events and issues are represented in the media. They will also learn how different audiences respond in different ways.

  • Unit 2: MS2 50%
    Media Production Process

    The coursework provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and creativity in their productions.  Coursework consists of :
  • Pre-production storyboard for a Teen Movie
  • Designing and creating your own DVD Cover & Film Poster
  • Written Report

A2 Level

  • Unit 3: MS3 50%
    Media Investigation and Production
    This unit builds on skills developed at AS level.  Students are encouraged to choose a type of Media that they are interested in as their production. There are 3 linked pieces of work:
  • Research investigation on the type of Media chosen. 
  • Create a professional looking version of the Media studied. 
  • Evaluation Report

  • Unit 4:
    Text, Industry and Audience
    End of Year Exam 2 1/2 hours.

Students have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the link between media texts, audience and industries.

For further information and exemplar question papers see the exam board website.

Methods of Study:

  • Creative work on computers
  • Individual and group research
  • Discussions and group work
  • Peer and Teacher Assessment

Course Content:
During the course you will learn about:

  • Film trailers and Openings
  • Posters & DVD Covers
  • Adverts, Newspapers, Mags & Web Pages
  • You will become confident using a Mac or PC and you will develop skills in using Cameras & Drawing tools as well as the software Photoshop, Illustrator & Indesign.

Independent Study Time:
A successful Media student will be interested in the world around them anda ll types of Media. They will be keen to develop a wider knowledge in all aspects of Media Studies. They will be keen to able to embrace new technology and motivated to experiment creatively. They should be able to work to deadlines and have a good attendance rate.

Progression and the Future:
Media Studies provides an excellent choice for many students. It links well with Drama, Art, ICT, Business Studies and English. Many students have gone on to study Media at degree level or as a combined course with English or Art. Media is part of the ever changing digital world around us and prepares students to understand and question the messages, changes and developments that surround them.

Subject Contacts:

Mrs K Langton
Curriculum Area Leader - Drama and Media Studies

How to Apply:
The Application Process begins in February of each year.  Please contact Sarah Fisher, Sixth Form Administrator, for further information or to request an application form.

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