Media Studies

AS/A2 MEDIA STUDIES

Entry Requirements

Usually four or five GCSEs at grade C and above (C and above in English/English Literature is desirable but not essential).

An interest in the media and how it represents and shapes the world that we live in is very important.

Course Content and Assessment

AS

MS1 50% (Exam)

Media Representatives and Responses

Analysis of Case Studies:

  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Issues
  • Events
  • Regional and National Identity

MS2 50% (Coursework)

Horror Genre

  • Pre-production:  (research horror genre, storyboard own horror movie)
  • Production:        (Produce a series of horror film posters to advertise a new horror film)
  • Report:              (analysis of film showing awareness of horror genre)

 

A2 

MS3 Media Investigation and Production. 50%

Candidates investigate their own area of interest within the media 

  • Research     
  • Investigation
  • Production
  • Evaluation

 

MS4 (exam) 50% 

Media, Text, Industry and Audience

Students will study three media industries 

  • TV
  • Film
  • Advertising 
Equipment

The school has a purpose built Media Suite with ample computers, camcorders and digital cameras to allow students to create top quality, professional media products.

Out of School Visits

  • Visit to Harry Potter studios in London
  • Visit to Vue cinema for National Film Week  
  • Visit to Bradford Film Museum

Why Should I Study the Media?

The media is part of our everyday lives and is an important factor in how we shape our opinions and view the world.  The mass media constitute the primary symbolic forms of contemporary western cultures therefore by studying the media, we can get an insight into how media industries shape their products according to audience and society.  We can also study how texts can be manipulated in order to project a pre-determined message, which is arguably the most important reason for modern adults to understand how the industry works.

Career Prospects

Higher or Further Education, employment in the Media industry, Teaching, Computing, ICT, Film-making, Journalism, Multi-media, software engineering.

Mrs N H Watson

Head of Media Studies

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