A2 Media Studies
The two units for AS Level are:
Government funding available
To take into account
5 GCSE's at Grades A-C including English and Maths. It is not necessary to have studied Media at GCSE
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WJEC (1-2 years)
The two units for AS Level are:
Unit 1 - Media Representation and ResponsesYou will explore the Media through a study of genre, narrative, representation and audience.This will include an analysis of traditional media (e.g. film, music, TV, news) as well as digital media and their construction of social/cultural groups and events.This is an external assessment of 2 ½ hours.
Unit 2 Media Production Processes-You will demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in Media production processes through research, planning, production and evaluation. You will produce three pieces of linked work:(1) a pre-production which reflects planning techniques (2) a production which has developed out of the pre-production (3) a report which highlights research findings and evaluates the production with existing Media products.
The two units for A2 level are:
Unit 3 Media Investigation and ProductionThis unit reflects the importance of research in informing Media production.You will produce three pieces of linked work:(1) A research investigation into a specific area of study which will draw on primary and secondary sources.This research study will inform the production (2) A Media production (different form to AS) (3) An evaluation which explores how the production was informed by the research undertaken.
Unit 4 Text, Industry and Audience-This unit develops your understanding of the relationship between Media texts, audiences and industries (e.g. Advertising, Music, and Film Industries).You will study contemporary texts with an investigation of production, distribution, marketing/promotion, regulation, global implications and historical context.This is an external assessment of 2½ hours.
Methods of Teaching
These are varied and include group work, including practical exercises; whole class and group discussions; individual and group research; individual and group presentations; lectures; student directed learning; workshop and activity sessions.
The AS forms 50% of the assessment weighting of the full A Level. AS can be taken as a stand-alone specification or as the first part of the full A Level course.
The nature and demands of the course make it necessary to require from students, from time to time, financial contributions for trips and practical materials. Students may have additional costs for mini DVD tapes/DVDs/Usbs and other types of software.
The College has a Student Support Fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.
Career possibilities include journalism, practical production or marketing. It is important to realise that completing an A Level in Media Studies by itself is generally not going to result in a job in a media institution. Students who have independently completed a period of media related work experience in addition to completing this A level have found themselves at an advantage when applying for both Higher Education courses and for careers in this field.