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An award winning sixth-form college in the heart of Central London offering a wide range of GCSE and A-Level courses

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Albemarle Independent College, 18 Dunraven Street, Mayfair, London W1K 7FE

MEDIA STUDIES (AQA)

A Level Course Outline

Who should study this course?

Media Studies

This course is attractive to students who have a keen interest in media products and processes. It would suit those with an academic background, who are creative and artistic. It would complement any subject combination, including English Literature, Psychology, Sociology and Politics. Anyone who wants to study the way in which the media influences our daily lives should study this course.

What does the course aim to do?

Media Studies is designed to harness and develop your analytical skills through the analysis of media products. It is the study of individual media texts (such as movies, TV shows, and magazines) and focus will largely be on the institutions that made them, how and why they were made, who they were made for, and the rules that govern their production.

Which topics will I study?

A-level Media Studies engages students in the detailed study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework:

Students are required to study media products from all of the following media forms:


What Skills Will I Develop?

MEDIA STUDIES (AQA) A Level Course Specification

Paper One examination
35% of A level Exam

Assessed in May/June

Assessments
Questions will focus on issues and debates in the media. A topic will be released in advance of the exam.

Paper Two examination
35% of A level Exam

Assessed in May/June

Close Study Products (case studies)
Questions will focus on the analysis of media products, through the lens of the theoretical framework. Students will be expected to refer to the Close Study Products (CSPs) provided by AQA and other products they have studied. They will also be expected to demonstrate understanding of the contexts in which the products were created.

30% of A level Exam

Assessed in May

Coursework
Students independently create a media product in response to a brief set by AQA. This product can be in any of the following formats: video, print, digital.

Structure of the Course

This course will be taught for 6x 1hour lessons per week. Homework will be set each lesson and deadlines must be adhered to. The course will involve a substantial amount of essay writing, so please be prepared for this.

Core Textbook

AQA Media Studies for A Level Year 2
Authors: Stephanie Hendry, Elspeth Stevenson
Publisher: Illuminate Publishing

Introductory Reading

Sight & Sound Magazine (BFI)

Media Studies