Course Outline

The Media Studies AS/A Level course will enable you to develop your understanding and appreciation of a variety of different Media.

We follow the OCR [H009/H049 2017 course] At AS level in Year 12

MediaStudies propspectus

We will start by exploring the broad areas of Publishing, Film, Television and Radio and Computer Media. We will look at a number of Close Study Products set by the board during the year. Here we will analyse and explore how they are constructed and what impact they have. You will also research and plan a practical production using technical and creative skills.

At A level in Year 13 you will be introduced to a number of debates and theories relating to the Media. We will also analyse further Close Study Products through a more advanced theoretical framework. You will research an aspect of the Media and produce a more fully realised cross-platform production piece linked to your research.

Entrance requirements and skills needed

KerrangYou will need the standard 6th form requirements for entry.

The course suits those with an interest in looking at a range of Media texts including TV, Newspapers, magazines, films, Internet and the New Technologies.

You will be interested in exploring how media texts   are made, and how they are received. You will enjoy creating your own Media Products and will be given assistance in doing this. Assessment is by both examination and coursework.


Assessments - OCR Qualification

OCR MediaStudiesAS


There is one written exam lasting 2 hrs which accounts for 70% of the total marks of the course. The questions relate to understanding of how a range of close study products that we have studied have been created and work. There is a non-exam assessment worth 30% where students create Media products from a thematic choice and evaluate their effectiveness.
OCR MediaStudies

A Level

There are two 2 hour written papers accounting for 70% of the marks. The first paper worth 35% will focus on close study products related to News, Media language techniques and Representation. The second paper also worth 35% will focus on analysis of Close Study Products relating to Long form Television Drama, Media Industries and Audiences. The non-exam assessment is worth 30% where students produce cross-media products for an intended audience from a choice provided by OCR.


Why Study Media Studies?

MediaStudiesMedia Studies links particularly well with Business Studies and also Arts/Creative subjects such as Film Studies, English Literature and Language, Art and Design and Theatre Studies.

The context of the course means that it complements many other subjects including, for instance: History,   Sociology and Psychology. Media   Studies will complement a range of Higher Education courses and may be of value to those seeking employment in areas of the Media, Business, Advertising, Publishing and Film and Television.

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