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Media Studies

COURSE SUMMARY SHEET

 

SUBJECT

Media Studies

LEVEL

A2

EXAM BOARD

OCR

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENT

  • 5 A*-C GCSEs or equivalent including English
  • Must have a genuine interest/passion in the media

 

KEY POINTS ABOUT THE COURSE

The OCR A Level in Media Studies introduces learners to the role and influence of the media. There will be both a historical and contemporary aspect to the specification. The role and impact of the media on society, culture, politics and the economy in both domestic and global spheres will be considered. Learners will develop their understanding through the consistent application of the four elements of the theoretical framework:

  • media language: how the media through their forms, codes, conventions and techniques communicate meanings
  • media representations: how the media portray events, issues, individuals and social groups
  • media industries: how the media industries' processes of production, distribution and circulation affect media forms and platforms
  • media audiences: how media forms target, reach and address audiences, how audiences interpret and respond to them and how members of audiences become producers themselves.

 

Media products (Component 01 – 30%)) offers learners the opportunity to:

  • employ textual analysis skills while using their knowledge and understanding of media representations to respond to unseen sources
  • construct a theoretically-based evaluative analysis of their cross-media production.

 

Media in a digital age (Component 02 – 40%)) offers learners the opportunity to explore the impact of the digital age across three different areas of media:

  • changing media platforms for film, radio and magazines (a study of both historic and contemporary media products)
  • the emerging visual forms of music video and video games in the digital age
  • a study of the variety of global media products that utilise the new narratives attached to long form television dramas.

 

Making media (Component 03/04 – 30%) allows learners the opportunity to create a cross-media production that comprises three linked products. Learners will choose from three different briefs set by OCR that explore a wide range of media forms. This NEA (non-exam assessment) component allows learners to demonstrate their creativity as they apply their practical understanding of the theoretical framework.

All components are synoptic.

 

 

Who should you see if you have further questions?

Please talk to Mr Hart