Media

At a glance

Course title                      Media Studies

Level                               AS and A2

Exam board                     OCR (www.ocr.org.uk)

Outline

In our media-saturated world the need to understand the construction and of media texts and their messages is more important than ever. The digital revolution has completely changed the way we consume and create media and thus this course aims to equip students with the skills to become critical users and digital craftspeople in the contemporary context.

It takes into account the diverse array of audience members and the mass of independent media projects such as those found on YouTube, websites, mobile devices and other forms of DIY media. It embraces the truly international dimensions of media studies – including a recognition not only of the processes of globalisation, but also of the diverse perspectives on media and society being worked on around the world.

Course overview

AS
Coursework content, submitted just before Christmas and worth 50% of AS marks:

  • Preliminary work - making a school magazine and front page
  • Coursework - Making a music magazine and evaluation blog

AS exam content, taken in June and worth 50% of AS marks:

  • Representation and TV Drama – question on deconstructing a drama clip
  • Audiences and Institutions - question on a magazine case study

A2
Coursework content, submitted just before Christmas and worth 25% of total A level:

  • Making a pop video, a magazine advert and a digipack cover and an evaluation blog

    A2 exam content, taken in June and worth 25 % of total A level:
  • Question on the evaluation of media skills developed over the course
  • Question on the evaluation of one of your coursework texts
  • Question on critical perspectives case study