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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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Media Studies A Level

Media Studies

Exam board: OCR

Why study this subject:

The aim of this Media Studies course is to enhance students’ enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in their daily lives; develop critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of practical skills; explore production processes, technologies and contexts; become independent in research skills and their application. 


This course now consists of 30% coursework and 70% exam. The exams will take place at the end of the two year course.

Media products: 

Learners will explore how media products are used by institutions to construct different representations and how media audiences interpret these products.

Learners will use aspects of the theoretical framework to analyse and evaluate their own cross-media productions.

Learners will explore and analyse the  ideas and arguments from debates about

the media. These debates will be drawn from:

· a historical perspective

· the digital age

· global media.

Making media:  students will have a choice of three non exam assessment briefs-  these haven’t been set yet, but could be:

1 Music promotion for a new label to include:   a three minute promotional video

2 Television magazine programme promotion to include:  a one minute trailer for television and a two minute trailer for online

3 British television soap opera promotion to include:  a one minute trailer for television and a two minute trailer for online.  Each piece must be accompanied by a website, and press pack.

How will I be assessed: 

Exam 1, worth 30% will involve analysing three linked media products, including one video piece. 

Exam 2:  worth 40%  will involve looking at the media in a digital age, with specific focus on Music videos and computer games.

Non Exam Assessment- (NEA) worth 30%  (practical work– done individually)

Future course and possible careers:

Journalism, social media, computer games programming and design, working in film, television or broadcasting, working as a photographer, stylist, graphic designer, script writer, director, camera operator, sound recording artist, as well as many other possible career paths.

There are more than 1300 university degree courses dedicated to different aspects of the media, including film studies, broadcasting, video editing, and marketing.