Key Stage 5

This course is a development upon the learned knowledge of KS4 GCSE Media Studies; however it is not a handicap to have not taken Media Studies before as the first half term is a condensed version of all previously learned Key Concepts and necessary theory. 

  • A mix of theoretical and practical work gives students flexibility of choice
  • Creating learners ready for media industry roles – the practical work at  A2 provides experience of working with different kinds of media (essential when working in a   media-related role).
     
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  • Modern content has been included to engage learners, eg music downloads,   online gaming and reality TV.
  • Evaluation in coursework units can now be presented electronically,
       eg blogs and podcasts.
  • Students can explore textual analysis, media industries, evaluation of production  work and critical perspectives – and become media specialists.
  • Students can choose to specialise in a particular area, focusing on a specific brief at AS and A2.

AS Course Summary

 

Teaching units

Assessment method and weighting

G321: Foundation Portfolio in Media

In this coursework unit, learners engage with contemporary media technologies, producing two paired media artefact's from a series of briefs.

This process involves progression from a pre-production, preliminary exercise to a more fully realised piece. The briefs cover print, video, audio and websites.

Mandatory unit
Internal assessment
AS – 50%
A Level – 25%

G322: Key Media Concepts (TV Drama) or
G323: Key Media Concepts (Radio Drama)

Centres choose one of the two units above. These papers cover textual analysis and representation alongside institutions and audiences.
In section A, learners answer questions on an unseen moving image extract (G322) or an unheard audio extract (G323) which is then linked to some aspect of the representation within the sequence.
In section B, common to both papers, they study a specific media industry from a choice of film, music, newspapers, radio, magazines or video games.

Mandatory unit
2 hour exam
AS – 50%
A Level – 25%

A2 Course Summary

 

Teaching units

Assessment method and weighting

G324: Advanced Portfolio in Media
In this coursework unit, learners engage with contemporary media technologies
to produce a media portfolio through a combination of two or more media. Then they present their research, planning and evaluation in two or more forms
including PowerPoint, blog and podcast.
This is a development of the skills they learn in unit one.

Mandatory unit

(with a choice of five briefs)
Internal assessment
A Level – 25%

G325: Critical Perspectives in Media
This paper covers theoretical evaluation of production alongside a study of contemporary media issues.
In section A, learners describe and evaluate their
skills development in their production work and then select one production to evaluate in relation to a media concept.
In Section B, they choose one topic and demonstrate their understanding of a contemporary issue through a range of texts, institutions, audiences and debates. Examples of contemporary media issues include global media, media in the online age, ‘we media’ and democracy.
Two questions are offered on each topic.

Mandatory unit

(with a choice of one from six units in section B)

2 hour exam
A Level – 25%