Media Studies GCE A Level (Option Block B)

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing

What will you be working towards?

Code Media L3
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

A level Media Studies is designed to encourage students to:

• Enhance their enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in their daily lives

• Develop critical understanding of the media

• Explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts

• Become independent in research skills


Details

In Media Studies, students will study a wide range of media concepts and theories from Feminism to Marxism, postmodernism to queer theory. Students will study a plethora of texts from an array of eras including: magazines, documentaries, film, advertising, computer games and television. Students will have the opportunity to analyse and discuss these texts, considering their impact on us as media practitioners, and society as a whole. Students will also have the opportunity to create media texts in a number of different forms using our ever growing library of industry standard software and equipment. We currently have Photoshop available for all media students, as well as Mac computers and high end, high definition video cameras.

How will it be delivered?

Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences

Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes

35% of qualification

The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media contexts. It consists of two sections:

Section A: Analysing Media Language and Representation

This section assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following media forms: advertising, marketing, music video or newspapers. There are two questions in this section:

· one question assessing media language in relation to an unseen audio-visual or print resource

· one extended response comparison question assessing representation in one set product

and an unseen audio-visual or print resource in relation to media contexts.

Section B: Understanding Media Industries and Audiences

This section assesses two of the following media forms – advertising, marketing, film, newspapers, radio, video games - and media contexts.

It includes:

· one stepped question on media industries

· one stepped question on audiences.

Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

35% of qualification

The examination assesses media language, representation, media industries, audiences and media

contexts. It consists of three sections:

Section A – Television in the Global Age

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

Section B – Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

Section C – Media in the Online Age

There will be one two-part question or one extended response question.

35% of qualification

Component 3: Cross-Media Production

Non exam assessment

30% of qualification

An individual cross-media production based on two forms in response to a choice of briefs set by

WJEC, applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and digital convergence.


Entry requirements

A minimum of five A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE, including English Language at a Level 6 and English Literature at a Level 5.

Your next steps...

Media Studies A-level complements subjects such as English Literature, Sociology and Photography. It can enable career progression in pathways such as journalism, publishing, television, design or teaching.

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