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Media Studies is one of the most popular Advanced Level subjects. Understanding the world around us depends greatly upon our ability to understand how the media represents the world to us. The aim of Media Studies is to equip students with the ability to be active readers of the media. Over the two years of the course students will analyse a range of media forms, from broadcasting and print to e-media; develop an understanding of the major key concepts that underpin any media text and explore the factors influencing their production.
Unit 1: Investigating the Media
(1 hour 30 minutes written exam)
In Unit 1 candidates will investigate the contemporary media to develop an understanding of how the underlying meaning of a text and the audiences' response to it is created. Students' learning will be assessed via a written response to a piece of previously unseen media text and an essay question.
Unit 2: Creating Media
Students will create two linked practical pieces taken from the media platforms studied in Unit 1. These platforms are: e-media, broadcasting and print. They will also produce a single, accompanying evaluation and pre-production folder for both pieces.
Unit 3: Critical Perspectives
(1 hour 30 minutes written exam)
Students will be expected to show their knowledge of the concepts studied at AS Level but also to develop and formulate their approach to the media and its role in today's society, by referring in detail to the wider social, historical, political and economic contexts in which media texts are produced.
Unit 4: Research and Production
In Unit 4 students will carry out an in depth investigation into a media text, theme, issue or debate relevant to the contemporary media landscape. They will then use this exploration to inform a production piece that relates to this research. The work created will be in the form of both a written critical investigation (of 2,000 words) and a linked practical production piece.
An A Level in Media Studies is not your passport to a job in this field of work. However, media employers do look encouragingly at a student who can demonstrate an understanding of how the media operates. The Media industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the World and University courses reflect employer's demands for crucial skills in this discipline.
GCSE GRADE PROFILE
Students will normally achieve A* to C grades in a range of subjects. Due to the volume of written work, good English skills are an important requirement. However, the key to success in the subject is your ability to embrace new ideas and a desire to develop an inquisitive mind.