Media Studies - A Level

Further Details
Course Code
LA00059
Location
Yale
Duration
Full Time, 1 year – AS Level2 years – A Level
Department
A Levels
Start Date
05 Sep 2022
End Date
23 Jun 2023

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Course Overview
Unit 1: Investigating the Media
In this unit, learners will study three topics, developing knowledge and understanding of the key concepts within media studies - media language, representations, media industries and audiences – and using them as a framework for analysing the media.

The areas to be studied are:
● Selling Images – Advertising and Music Video
● News in the Online Age
● Film Industries – from Wales to Hollywood.

Learners will explore these topics through close analysis and comparison of a range of media products, considering aspects such as their use of media language, genre and narrative features, and the representations they offer. Learners will study the role of media industries in shaping media products, as well as considering the way in which audiences are targeted and interpret the media.

Unit 2: Creating a Media Production
This unit requires learners to develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of media concepts through practical production.

Learners will complete the following:
● Research and planning
● Production
● Reflective analysis on how representations have been constructed and how conventions have been used to target the specified audience.

Unit 3: Media in the Global Age
In this unit learners are required to study a range of contrasting media forms in depth, exploring all of the key concepts – media language, representation, media industries, and audiences.

The areas to be studied are:
● Television in the Global Age
● Magazines: Mainstream and Alternative Media
● Media in the Digital Age - Video Games

Learners will explore these areas through close analysis and comparison of media products, considering how representations of social and cultural groups are constructed through media language. Context is also an important part of this study. Learners will develop an understanding of how relevant social, cultural, historical and industry contexts shape media products.

Unit 4: Creating a Cross-Media Production
This unit builds on previous learning by requiring learners to develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of the media through a practical cross-media production. In this A2 unit, the emphasis of production development will be on investigative research.

Learners will complete the following:
● Investigative research
● A development outline, demonstrating how their research will inform their production
● A critical analysis of how a key media concept researched has been applied in the
production.
Unit 1
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
24% of A Level qualification
100 marks

Unit 2
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed and externally moderated by WJEC
16% of A Level qualification
80 marks

Unit 3
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
36% of A Level qualification
90 marks

Unit 4
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed and externally moderated by WJEC
24% of A Level qualification
80 marks
5 GCSEs at grade C/4 and above including English Language/Welsh (1st Language) .
No previous experience necessary.
However, if Media Studies was taken at GCSE a grade C/4 or above is required.

Should an A level applicant have or be predicted a grade D/3 in either GCSE Maths or English (and at least a grade C/4 in the other subject) then your application will be considered.

At Coleg Cambria we would encourage you to do the very best that you can in your exams. The better your grades the more options you will have, and may result in you gaining entry onto a higher level course.
This course provides a suitable foundation for the study of Media Studies or a related area through a range of higher education courses, progression to the next level of vocational qualifications or employment.

Career pathways may include progression to the following industries: Television, Film, Radio, Publishing, Journalism, Photography, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Game, App and Web Design, plus many more.
Some courses may require equipment and/or uniforms to be purchased. Please see attached equipment list for further information.
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