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Media Studies (A Level) 

AS Level Media Studies

Course outline for OCR Media Studies (H009)

Students will sit one written paper (2 hours) worth 70% of the overall AS grade and complete a non-exam assessment (NEA) worth 30% of the overall grade.

  • Paper 1: The media Framework, Long Form Television, News and Online Media.
  • NEA: Creating Media.

A-Level

Course outline for OCR Media Studies (H409)

Students will sit two written papers (2 hours each paper) complete a non-exam assessment (NEA) worth 30% of the overall grade.

  • Paper 1: News and Online Media, and Media Language and Representation -35%.
  • Paper 2: Media Industries and Audiences, and Long Form Television – 35%.
  • NEA: Making Media – 30%.

What type of student succeeds at Media A- Level?

Media Studies is a challenging A Level. It requires commitment and a willingness to work as part of a team and independently. A successful A-Level Media student has a strong passion for the subject, is able to understand and apply complex theories and can construct media products with creativity and flair.

Subject requirements at GCSE

A minimum of a Grade 5 at English GCSE is required in order to study Media Studies at A Level.

Complementary subjects

Media Studies is well paired with Drama, English, Music, Art, Sociology and Business Studies.

Homework

Students receive substantial homework each week. Homework topics include; researching case studies, blog work, essay writing and answering exam questions.

Student View

“I have gained so much from studying A level Media; from new skills in technology to academic essay writing which I will be able to apply to whatever my future pathways are. More importantly it has helped me to objectively view the media world we live in.” Lemar Barratt – Past Pupil                         

Future Directions

Which university courses require A - Level Media Studies?

Media degrees require A Level Media.

Examples of courses;

  • Media Studies BA
  • Media Digital Arts and Film
  • Media and Communication
  • Contemporary Media Practices BA
  • Television Production BA

Which careers could A Level Media Studies lead to?

  • Advertising
  • Film Production
  • TV Production
  • Teaching Media Studies
  • Social Media Executive

Creative Media Production (BTEC) 

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Course outline for Creative Digital Media Production (Edexcel)

Students must study three mandatory units (M) and one optional unit (O). They will sit one written exam and one externally assessed set task from Edexcel. Two units will be internally assessed.

  • Unit 1: Media Representations (M) – external assessment (25%)
  • Unit 4: Pre-Production Portfolio (M) – internal assessment (25%)
  • Unit 8: Responding to a Commission (M) – external assessment (33%)
  • Unit 10: Film Production – Fiction (O) – internal assessment (17%)

What type of student succeeds at BTEC Media –Level 3?

Students require commitment and a willingness to work both as part of a team and independently. A successful media student has a strong passion for the subject, and is able to understand complex software to construct professional media products with creativity and flair.

Subject requirements at GCSE

A minimum of a Grade 4 in English GCSE is required.

Complementary subjects

Media Studies is well paired with Drama, Music, Art and Business Studies.

Homework

Students receive substantial homework each week. Homework topics include; researching case studies, blog work and report writing.

Student View

“I specifically chose BTEC Creative Media to allow my media skills to develop in production and post-production. The structure of the course has made me work more independently and I’m proud of my portfolio of creative work.”  

 

Future Directions

Which university courses accept Btec Level 3 Creative Media Production?

  • Media Studies BA
  • Media Digital Arts and film
  • Media and Communication
  • Contemporary Media Practices BA
  • Television Production BA

Which careers could Btec Level 3 Creative Media Production lead to?

  • Advertising
  • Film Production
  • TV Production
  • Teaching Media Studies
  • Social Media Executive