Media Studies

A Level

A Level Media Studies is a great course option for any student with an academic interest in the Media and/or thoughts of following a university course in Media, Film, Journalism, Cultural Studies, Politics, History or Sociology. The OCR specification allows students the opportunity to explore and analyse a range of media products across a variety of platforms.

Texts studied include: Long form TV dramas Stranger Things and Trapped an Icelandic production for a comparative study. The exploration of Audiences and institutions looking at BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show, Walt Disney’s Jungle Book and Minecraft. Media representations are analysed looking at focusing on The Big Issue, Lucozade, Shelter and Old Spice.

70% Examination
30% Coursework

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This contemporary, theoretical and creative course has been designed to allow learners to study the media in an academic context focusing on cultural, social, historical, political and non-English areas within the media industry. Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge and understanding gained to the creation of their own media production. (Working in either print or video with online supporting websites).

This element of the course is supported by a dedicated Apple Mac suite, industrial standard media software and an independent workroom equipped with non-linear video editing and a production room. High quality DSLR video and still cameras are also freely available to students. Media Studies is designed to widen the intellectual horizons of the learner through the analysis of a wide range of media forms and contexts. It will enable students to develop a wider theoretical understanding and appreciation of the media across a range of forms.

Course overview

Media Messages

(35% of overall A level)

Section A: News (in depth news study)

  • Newspaper texts studied: Two covers of the ‘Daily Mail’ and two covers of ‘The Guardian’ (focusing on language and representation)

Plus

  • One complete edition of the ‘Daily Mail’ and one complete edition of ‘The Guardian’ (focusing on industries and audiences)
  • Online and participatory media: Mail Online website looking at two articles, The Guardian website looking at two articles (plus Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds)
  • Contemporary news in the UK how and why newspapers and their online counter parts are evolving as media products
  • Relationship between online and offline news

Section B: Media Language and Representations

Students will explore media language and representation across 3 forms to understand social, cultural and political contexts and how media producers create meaning. looking at the following texts

  • MagazinesThe Big Issue’ two front covers
  • Advertising and marketingOld Spice aftershave’ ‘Lucozade soft drink’ ‘Shelter UK charity’
  • Music videos: List A: Corinne Bailey Rae, Massive Attack, Emile Sande. List B: Fatboy Slim, Radiohead, David Guetta

Evolving Media

(35% of overall A level)

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)
  • Video games (Minecraft)
  • Film (The Jungle Book)

Section B: Long Form TV Drama

Students will conduct one in depth study of TV as an evolving global media form looking at one full episode of a contemporary English language long form TV drama and a non-English long form TV drama. And be able to apply theoretical concepts to choices made within the episodes.

  • English: Stranger Things (season 1, episode 1, July 2016) BBFC 12
  • Non-English: Trapped (Season 1, episode 1, October 2015) BBFC 15

Making Media

(30% of overall A level)

Create a cross media product and a 500-word statement of intent of either:

  • Moving image (TV/Music video) 3 minutes long
  • Magazines

Assessment

70% Examination, 30% Coursework.

Departmental Enrichment

The department runs visits that include university open events, Warner Brothers “Harry Potter Studio Tour”, IMAX screen at the Bradford Media Museum and a residential trip overseas. Students also celebrate achievements in a MAFA award ceremony at the end of the year.

The Media Studies Department at Wyke Sixth Form College

The Media Studies department has three dedicated media teaching rooms with permanent access to the media resource room which is equipped with PCs and a suite of Mac computers for the use of Media students. The department is also equipped with HD digital video editing suites and a production room.

All students receive printed module notes, a wide range of hand-out materials and access to resources via the college VLE.

Creative skills, including magazine design, photography and some Photoshop ability are part of the course but no experience is necessary in these areas as you will be supported by our experienced teachers and skilled technician. As a department we ensure opportunities are available to enhance learning, develop skills and confidence in this area.

What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

Engage with media across all platforms including Netflix, radio, music videos, newspapers, social media and advertising. Assess products with a critical eye thinking about what and why institutions producing texts will have made those choices, and how it creates meaning. Have a genuine interest in the impacts media has on society and the consequences of the digital age.

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