You will be introduced to a range of key concepts (representation, audience, ideology, genre, narrative, institutions) and learn how to apply these to analyse a variety of media texts (print, moving image, websites). You will study in detail the issue of representation and how this relates to audience. For example, how men and women, teenagers, old people, issues and events are represented in the media will be examined.
This subject can be combined with Sociology, Psychology. English and Politics.
This course will lead you into a media based degree or a career in media or the creative arts.
A-levels are taught in the classrooms and workshops of Paddington Green Campus.
There are two main parts to the exam (each worth 30%).
At the end of the two year course, there will be two exams in June. The first exam involves a comparative analysis of ‘unseen’ media texts set by the Board; an essay on representation that uses the analysis as a starting point but which extends this by using the students’ wider knowledge; and questions on media institutions and audience . The second exam consists of questions on the set media texts analysed throughout the second year. Students will also produce practical coursework consisting of two pieces in two media formats. The practical can be print-based or moving image.
Students must provide their own pens, pencils and stationery, all other equipment will be provided.
A-level Media Studies
4-5 hours per week.
Creative Arts, Media
All A-level candidates must have a minimum of 6 GCSEs – and all candidates must have GCSE English at grade 6 and GCSE Maths at grade 5 or above.
GCSE English Language must be a grade 6 or above and candidates should have at least grade 5 in related subjects; eg – History, Sociology, English Literature.
GCSE Maths grade 5 or above.
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