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Media Studies

Media Studies*

Entry Requirements

An average Attainment 8 score of 5.5 as well as a Grade 5 in English Language or Literature. In addition, a GCSE Grade B in Media is preferred.

*Specification still to be finalised.

What is Media Studies?

The Media is arguably the most powerful force at work in society. Today, it bombards us from television screens and we are exposed to it in magazines, newspapers and on the internet. Our leisure and working time is spent consuming Media. Media Studies helps you to make sense of the world around you, encouraging you to become sophisticated and skilled user and maker of Media texts.

The course is lively, artistic, technical, intellectual, challenging and fun. You need to be a writer, director, analyst and serious commentator. Media teaches co-operation and mutual respect within groups and is very much team based.

How will you be assessed?

External examination 01 is worth 30% of total A Level.  This paper combines an unseen material analysis (typically from British Television News Broadcasting) and a Theoretical Evaluation of production work. This examination is 1hour 45 minutes long including 10 minutes of viewing time for the unseen material and it’s worth 60 marks.

External examination 02 is worth 40% of total A Level. This paper comprises three sections. Section A: Changing Platforms, Section B: Evolving Media and Section C: Long Form Television Drama. This examination is 2 hours long and it’s worth 80 marks.

The Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) or coursework is worth 30% of total A Level.  You must respond to one of three set production briefs that will consist of a moving image section, a print section and an online media section.  The NEA is the equivalent of 60 marks.

Exam Board: OCR