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Course Type: Full Time

AS/A Level Media Studies

  • Course Code CG60018
  • Start Date 5th September 2019
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

Course title: AS/A Level Media Studies

Exam board detail: OCR

Type of qualification: A Level (to be studied in conjunction with two other A Level subjects)

Delivery hours per week: 6 hours (1.5-hour lessons)

 

Section 1: Subject Overview

 

This A Level in Media Studies encourages students to study the media in an academic context and apply the knowledge and understanding gained to their own media productions. They develop critical thinking skills as they study the media in both global and historical contexts.

 

Year 1-

 

One exam worth 70% of final grade

Coursework worth 30% of final grade

 

Section A- The Media Theoretical Framework

 

 

Advertising and Marketing

 

The Jungle Book (2016)-UK film posters and the UK teaser trailer.

 

Film

 

The Jungle Book (2016) - Extracts of the film only to be considered in relation to the media industry issues exemplified.

 

Magazines

 

Two front covers of The Big Issue

 

Music Video

 

Two music videos studied in full:

Billie Jean (Michael Jackson, 1982)

Million Reasons (Lady Gaga, 2016)

 

Radio

One complete episode of the BBC Radio One Breakfast Show

 

Video games

Minecraft- Extracts of the video game only to be considered in relation to the media industry and audience issues exemplified

 

 

Section B- Long Form Television Drama

 

Analyse one complete episode of the Netflix’s hit Stranger Things (2016), while looking at the media language, representation, industries and audience present within the show while also linking all relevant media contexts. 

 

Section C- News and Online

 

Newspapers

 

One complete edition of the Daily Mirror and one complete edition of The Daily Telegraph and two front covers from the Daily Mirror and two front covers from The Daily Telegraph

 

 

Online, social and participatory media

 

The Mirror Online and The Telegraph websites and at least two articles from the Mirror Online website and at least two articles from The Telegraph websites plus relevant Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds from each news organisation.

 

 

Coursework

 

A different set brief each year creating adverts for various different products. The first two years have involved creating new companies called Wave deodorant and a takeaway service called YourFood.  

 

You will have the choice of creating these in print or video form depending on what you are most comfortable and capable with. The specific products are below:

 

Four magazine adverts

Two thirty-second video adverts

 

 

 

Year 2

 

Component 01 (35% of final grade)

 

Section A – News

 

Newspapers

Learners must study the Daily Mail and The Guardian to inform their studies, as specified in Section 2c.

 

Online social and participatory media

Learners must study the Mail Online and The Guardian websites, including social and participatory media to inform their studies, as specified in Section 2c.

 

Section B- Media Language and Representation

 

 

Music video

 

Two music videos studied in full:

Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy

Radiohead – Burn the Witch

 

Advertising and Marketing

 

Set Media Products        

• Old Spice (male grooming product advert)

• Lucozade (UK soft-drink advert)

• Shelter (UK charity advert)

 

Magazines

 

Two front covers of The Big Issue

 

 

Component 02 (35% of final grade)

 

Section A – Media Industries and Audiences

 

Film

 

The Jungle Book (1967) and The Jungle Book (2016) - Extracts of the films only to be considered in relation to the media industry issues exemplified.

 

Radio

 

One complete episode of the BBC Radio One Breakfast Show

 

Video games

 

Minecraft- Extracts of the video game only to be considered in relation to the media industry and audience issues exemplified

 

Section B- Long Form Television Drama

 

 

Analyse one complete episode of the Netflix’s hit Stranger Things (2016) and critically acclimated German show Deutschland 83 (2015), while looking at the media language, representation, industries and audience within the shows and all relevant media contexts. 

 

 

Coursework (30% of final grade)

 

 

You will be given a brief focusing on creating a magazine front cover or a music video while also designing a website linked to these.

The first year of study involved creating a fashion magazine and a music video within the dance genre, although this will change every year.

 

You get to choose what brief you would like to cover deepening on where you feel your skillsets lie.  Your options are:

 

Print

 

  • Two magazine front covers with contents pages. 
  • A working website homepage with workable linked page.

 

                                         

Video

 

  • A three-minute music video.
  • A working website homepage with workable linked page.

 

Section 2: Assessment Overview

Assessment methods include:

Frequent Topic Tests

Mock Assessments

Practical Assessments

External assessments (exams) will take place in the summer term – May/June.

 

Section 3: What do other students study alongside Media Studies at A Level?

Many students will opt to study Art, Craft and Design, English Literature, History, Sociology or Psychology depending on their long-term destination.

 

Section 4: What are the possible career opportunities after successful completion of this course?

A number of degree programmes leading into jobs, such as:

Media planner

Multimedia specialist

Programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video

Public relations officer

Runner, broadcasting/film/video

Social media manager

Television/film/video produce

Web content manager.

 

 

 

 

An interview is required and guidance is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

Average grade 6 GCSE profile (Higher entry criteria is required for anyone looking to study Maths and/or Sciences at A Level). However, if you do not meet this profile please still come to an Open Event to discuss all options with a member of the A Level Team.

This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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