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      Media

      Students selecting this option will explore how and why the Media plays such an important role in our lives. 

      Year 10 and 11

      Course

      GCSE Media Studies

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      AQA 8572

      Grade Equivalences

      9-1

      Assessment Route

      Non Exam Assessment (NEA) 30% - Completed in class. Task      bank changes each year. 2 exams at end of Y11 70%

      The study of the Mass Media revolves around four key concepts: Media Language, Audience, Institution and RepresentationUnder each key concept a range of areas of Mass Media will be explored which might include:

      • Film
      • Television
      • New Media Technologies
      • The Press and Magazines
      • Popular Music

       

      The course will appeal to those who may consider working in the Media but skills learnt are transferable to many career paths. All students will be encouraged to develop a critical understanding of the role of the Mass Media in society.  They will be expected to discuss and evaluate a range of media texts and to develop skills in media production techniques.

      Year 12 and 13

      Course

      GCE A Level Media Studies

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      AQA – 7572 (Draft)

      Grades

      A*-E

      Course Entry Requirements

      In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

      GCSE Grade 4 in English

       

      Assessment Route

      Assessment will be by exam and by Non Exam Assessment (NEA).

       

      To complete the NEA, students must independently create a media product in response to brief set

      by the exam board.

       

      The exam will cover all areas of the theoretical framework and understanding of the media products students have engaged with. At this stage we are still awaiting final confirmation of the content and structure of the exams.

       

       

       

      A Level Media Studies will provide students with an in depth study of media products in relation to the four key concepts

      • media language
      • media representation
      • media industries
      • media audiences.

      Students will be required to study media products from all of the following media forms:

      • audio-visual forms (TV, film, radio, advertising and marketing, video games and music video)
      • online forms (social and participatory media, video games, music video, newspapers,
      • magazines, advertising and marketing)
      • print forms (newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing).

      In addition to the broad coverage of all nine media forms, students might engage in the in depth

      study of at least one audio-visual, one print and one online media form.

      Learning strategies (include variety of lesson delivery and expectations of study):

      Independent Learning is the key term for this department’s teaching methods. You will be expected to organise and contribute to student led lessons.  This is a hands-on course and you will need to be prepared to make your own media as well as being able to analyse it.  A key attraction of Media Studies for both student and teacher is its contemporary nature and we will expect you to be able to bring up to the nanosecond examples of media products to our class discussion.