Our A-Level in Media is designed to allow you to explore different forms of the media and to analyse and understand how they are set up and operate.
You will study a range of media texts and topics as well as the construction and deconstruction of media products, in the context of the key conceptual areas of media forms and conventions, media institutions and media audiences and media representations
Year 1 - Media Representations and Responses - 2.5 hour written exam (50%).*
You will answer three compulsory questions, including one question on unseen audio-visual or print based material. Units you will be studying include:
- Introduction to media and theory framework
- Representation of events and society
- How to read a text, print and audio/visual
- Film and Media theory
- Media Production and Processes
- Investigation and set texts in Advertising
- Film industry
- Music Video
- Planning for coursework production
Year 2 - Media: Text, Industry and Audience - 2.5 hour written exam (50%).
You will answer three questions (30 marks per question). Section A will require you to answer one question from a choice of two. Section B will require you to answer two questions from a choice of four. Candidates must answer each question on a different media industry. Students will follow a programme which combines class teaching with small group work, discussion, media production, audio/visual material, IT and research projects. Units you will be studying include: Audience response and reception. Different media industries. Media, text and audience. Media investigation and production. Learner chosen production, audio/visual such as a film trailer, music video or print-based, such as magazine creation.
For the generic A-Level Programme you will need:
- GCSE grade 4 or above in English Language and Maths, plus at least 3 more GCSEs at grade 5 or above
For this specific A-Level you will need:
- GCSE grade 4 or above in English Language and Maths, Grade 5 or above in Media if taken (if Media not taken then grade 5 or above in a relevant supporting subject such as English Literature, ICT, Photography, Art or Drama) and at least 2 others at grade 5 or above