A Level Media Studies is for students wanting to progress in to careers such as radio broadcast, creative industries such as marketing, advertising and PR, publishing, i-media, video games, print and graphic design and TV and film. To enable these career paths A Level Media Studies focuses on different media forms such as the news, social media, advertising, gaming, radio, film and TV. Media Studies A level takes a holistic approach at looking at the media industry, the creative and design element is studied alongside sociological changes and the business element of the media industry. This wholesome approach prepares students for further study at university or be ready to go straight in to employment.
A Level Media Studies requires students to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for their chosen pathway plus a grade 5 or higher in GCSE English Language.
THE MEDIA DEPARTMENT AT WYKE SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
The media department at Wyke offers students a unique experience due to the extensive facilities and resources we have on offer for students. The department has 2 rooms of edit suites offering Premier Pro & Photoshop for working on course work projects. These are used in industry and allows students to prepare their skills for future study or work placements. The department offers bookable kit to loan including a vast range of DSLR cameras, a drone, dollies, tripods, sliders, a bookable photography studio and much more to make a technical production. The department does not expect students to purchase their own kit to be fully immersed in the media experience. Opportunities are available to students to feature BBC Radio Humberside’s ‘No Filter’ talk show. This includes preparing and liaising with Kofi Smiles to create show content and deliver the content live on air. The department runs a trip to Media City BBC TV studios in Manchester Salford where they are able to tour the studios and be introduced to careers in the media area by employees of the BBC.
This course is 70% examination, 30% coursework
Paper 1: Media Messages
This section consists of one 2 hour examination in two parts.
Section A: News
- In depth newspaper study: Set texts studied include in-depth analysis of The Guardian and the Daily Mail.
- Social media and online study: Students will explore conventions and differences of online media vs print media. Students will learn how newspapers make profit from on line advertising and subscription based news.
- Study of tabloids and broadsheets: students will look at a variety of tabloid and broadsheet papers focusing on political and social differences to prepare for the unseen analysis in the exam.
- Media theory: A variety of Media language, representation, audience and industry theorists are studied for 2 theory based questions in the exam.
Section B: Media Language and Representations
- Magazine: The Big Issue is a set text, students will analyse and understand the social, cultural and political readings of a variety of covers in preparation for an unseen analysis essay in the exam.
- Advertising and marketing: Old Spice aftershave, Lucozade soft drink and Shelter UK charity are the set texts studied. Students will be able to apply theory and deconstruct meanings given from each advert.
- Music videos: Students will study both independent and mainstream videos including List A: Corinne Bailey Rae, Massive Attack, Emile Sande. List B: Fatboy Slim, Radiohead, David Guetta are the set texts offered.
Paper 2: Evolving Media
This section consists of one, 2 hour examination in two parts.
Section A: Media Industries and Audiences
Students will explore media industries and audiences looking at how and why media products are constructed across forms to address audiences. Looking at:
- Radio (BBC Radio 1): A study in to how radio engages audiences and is adapting to society’s changing ways of consuming music.
- Video games (Minecraft): A study in to how Microsoft purchased Mojang Studios and how the game makes profit in such a competitive industry.
- Film (The Jungle Book): a comparative study of the 1967 vs 2016 versions of Jungle Book. Students will explore how Disney continues to make profit and work as one of the most powerful institutions in the media world.
Section B: Long Form TV Drama
- In depth study of TV: Students will look at a contemporary English language long form TV drama Stranger Things and a non-English long form TV drama Trapped.
- Application of contexts: Students will use the set texts to conduct a comparative essay in relation to: Political, historical, social, cultural and economic contexts.
- Application of theory: A variety of Media language, representation, audience and industry theorists are studied for 2 theory based questions in the exam.
Students will be assessed in one print based practical submission. The brief changes year upon year in terms of the set genre of the magazine. Students will have to produce at least 4 print based pages including 2 front covers and 2 contents pages and a supporting webpage with an active link and moving image section.
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