The aim of the Media Studies course is to explore the Media all around us that has a huge impact on our lives and yet we too often take for granted. The key point is that everything we see or hear in the Media has been ‘constructed’, it has been made by someone, and generally it has been designed to influence or seduce us into consuming it. Media Studies aims to ‘de-construct’ these media messages so that we see how they achieve their effects.
This is approached firstly, by learning how to analyse ‘texts’ (any media product) in detail, looking at how different media forms have their own language and how people and ideas are represented.
The second approach is through making original texts. Students will learn how to take effective photographs, how to use digital still and video cameras and how to use I.T. programs such as web design, desktop publishing, digital image manipulation and digital video editing software.
Our aim is for students to develop analytical and practical skills that will enable them to be discerning and critical media consumers, creative media producers and confident individuals with informed personal insights into the media world.
Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences
Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes (35% of qualification).
The examination will be based around a study of a wide range of media: advertising, marketing, film, newspapers, radio, video games and media contexts. It consists of two sections:
Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes (35% of qualification)
Section A – Television in the Global Age which will involve a study of UK/US and European television programmes.
Section B – Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media which will involve a study of mass-produced and small-scale independent magazines past and present.
Section C – Media in the Online Age which will involve a study of blogs and websites and will consider the ways in which the general public are increasingly becoming producers of media.
Component 3: Cross-Media Production
Non exam assessment (i.e. practical coursework component -30% of qualification)
You will be required to make an individual ‘cross-media production’ – i.e. a production in two different media such as print and video – in response to a choice of briefs set by Eduqas. The brief set will change every year.
Why you should consider this course:
A Level Media Studies and A Level Film Studies have run successfully for many years, consistently attaining outstanding results.
Many GCSE Media students go on to take Media Studies in the Sixth Form, although having taken GCSE Media previously is not a requirement. Some of our highest attaining students have never studied media or film before.
However, to do well you do need to have a passion for all areas of media and a desire to be creative and to make your own media products.
This course will provide you with the skills to study at university either on a media-related degree course or to support an application for a range of other degree courses. It will also prepare you with the knowledge and skills to progress onto media-related apprenticeships.
Media Industries are worth over 60 billion pounds to the UK economy each year and there are many employment opportunities in both major and independent media production. Previous students have gone on to careers in journalism and the film and television industries. The large film studio to be built in Dagenham in the next few years is likely to be a major employer for the area.
A Level Results 2020
A Level Results 2021
Links to useful websites
- http://download.cnet.com/GIMP/3000-2192_4-10073935.html – excellent free digital imaging program as an alternative to Photoshop
- http://www.wikipedia.org – a good starting point for most media topics
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/media – an excellent source for articles about issues in the media
- http://www.bfi.org.uk – the official website for the British Film Institute
- http://www.mediaknowall.com – contains useful material on many GCSE and A Level topics
- http://www.imdb.com – the most detailed online movie database with information about almost very film ever made
- http://www.comingsoon.net – excellent source of information about film campaigns
- http://www.moviepreviewguide.com – a great site which lists all upcoming films in the UK.
- www.launchingfilms.com – everything you need to know and understand about film distribution in the UK
- www.bafta.org – the homepage for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Revision guides - Links to sites or name of text books
Many resources including revision guides, key handouts, articles and homework assignments are placed in the A Level Media Studies Google Classroom area which is accessible from computers, tablets and smartphones.
There are two course-books available through Amazon: