Media Studies is a popular and successful A Level at St Augustine’s. Last year, 62% of students got a B grade or above with 38% of students achieving A grades compared to 10.5% nationwide. Former students have gone on to work in television and film production, photography and the fashion industry.
The Media Studies specification we follow is designed to allow media students to draw on their existing experience of the media and to develop their abilities to respond critically to the media. It enables students to explore a wide variety of media, including digital media technologies, drawing on the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media: texts, industry and audiences.
The specification also encourages creative work to enable students to gain a greater appreciation of the media through their own production work and to develop their own production skills. At A2 in particular, students are given the opportunity to research a topic which will then form the basis for their production, thus encouraging them to create productions informed by an awareness of contemporary media issues.
AS: Unit 1: MS1 25 % (50%) External Assessment: 2½ hour Written Paper
Media Representations and Responses
Three compulsory questions, including one question on unseen audio-visual or print based material.
Unit 2: MS2 25% (50%) Internal Assessment
Media Production Processes
Three components: one pre-production (20); one production which develops from the pre-production (40); and one report on the production process (40)
A2: Unit 3: MS3 25% Internal Assessment
Media Investigation & Production
Three components: a written investigation into media text(s) based on one or more of the key media concepts – genre, narrative and/or representation; a media production and an evaluation of how the production is informed by the investigative research.
Unit 4: MS4 25% External Assessment: 2½ hour Written Paper
Media – Text, Industry and Audience
Specific Entry Requirement: B at GCSE, English and English Literature
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