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Media Studies

Course Details
Dept - Media Studies
Type of Qualifcation - AS / A2
Exam Board - OCR

Additional Entry Requirements -
Grade 6 at GCSE in English Language or Literature recommended.
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Course Content
AS : Unit 1 G321 Foundation Portfolio in Media
AS : Unit 2 G322 Key Media Concepts
A2 : Unit 3 G324 Advanced Portfolio in Media
A2 : Unit 4 G325 Critical Perspectives in Media
Course Requirement: You do not need to have studied Media Studies at GCSE, but it is essential that you have a high level of English and enjoy writing. A good knowledge of ICT is preferred but not essential as you will learn new skills throughout the course.
Style of Assessment
Unit 1 – G321 Foundation Portfolio in Media
50% of AS, 25% of A Level
Practical unit internally assessed and externally moderated.
Video production, research and planning, practical group work and a written evaluation

Unit 2 – G322 Key Media Concepts
50% of AS, 25% of A Level
2 hour examination
Two questions: Textual Analysis and Representation (TV Drama) – 50 marks, Institutions and Audiences – 50 marks.

Unit 3 – G324 Advanced Portfolio in Media
25% of A Level
Practical unit internally assessed and externally moderated.
Coursework unit working within two different contemporary media technologies

Unit 4 – G325 Critical Perspectives in Media
25% of A Level
2 hour examination
Section A: Theoretical Evaluation of Production – 50 marks. Section B – Contemporary Media Issues – 50 marks.
Whose kind of course?
If you are interested in the world around you and how media influences your choices and decision then Media Studies at A-Level is the course for you.
The course involves being creative and working with others to produce dynamic media components of your own design and creation, You will need to have an enquiring mind and a willingness to learn new skills along with a capacity to work in small groups. You will need to be able to look objectively at your work and be able to suggest areas of improvement through evaluation.
Stretch & Challenge – aiming for A*: There are many opportunities to extend learning based on case studies and the application of knowledge gained both through directed study and your own experiences and knowledge.
Career Prospects
The subjects and transferable skills such as communication, creative thinking and organization. Can also lead to careers in film, television, advertising, journalism, marketing, PR, teaching and management
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