A Level Media Studies
A Level Media Studies is about how we see the world through a wide range of communication forms. Students do not have to have studied GCSE Media Studies to take this A Level course. However, at least a C grade in GCSE English Language is an entry requirement.
Unit 1: Foundation Production G321 (worth 25% of the A Level)
Students will plan, research, film and evaluate the opening sequence of a new fiction film. This unit will allow students to learn to use the video cameras and digital editing software. All of the work is presented via a blog which answers questions set by OCR. Examples of previous students' work can be seen via the college blog hub here
Unit to be completed by the end of February
Unit 2: Key Conceprs and Skills - written examination 6322 (worth 25% of the A Level)
Students study the conventions of moving image TV fiction and answer one question on a brief extract watched in the exam. The second part of the exam looks at the production processes of the music industry and examines how audiences are targeted.
Unit 3: Advanced Portfolio G324 (worth 25% of the A Level)
Students choose from a list of 13 briefs, covering a range of media. Many students choose to make a pop music video. There are also ancillary tasks such as creating the digipak cover for the release of the album and a magazine advert to promote the album. As with AS, all of work (including research, planning and evaluation) is presented via a blog. Previous students' work can be seen here
Unit to be completed by beginning of December
Unit 4: Critical Perspectives G325 (worth 25% of the A Level)
Section A —Questions which require students to analyse their production work within a theoretical context
Section B – Students write one essay question from a choice of either Media and Collective Identity or Postmodernism. Students study a range of television, film, music, advertisements, newspapers and digital media texts which they refer to within the examination.
Purchase of a textbook is not a requirement of the course. However some students have requested relevant textbook details.
- OCR Media Studies for AS Third Edition Julian McDougall (Hodder, ISBN: 9780340958988)
- OCR Media Studies for A2 Julian McDougall (Hodder, ISBN: 0340958715)
Many students go on to follow media-related courses in Higher Education. An AS/A level in Media Studies is especially useful if you wish to follow a career in Journalism, Film, Television, Radio or Advertising.
Available to the department are a wide range of resources such as the Media magazine elearning journal, Film Club, and filming and editing equipment (cameras, tripods, steadicam, green screen, ladder dolly, Adobe Premier editing software).