Introduction to the Course
Understanding the media is recognised as an important part of education and this demanding course aims to foster the development of critical and reflective thinking to encourage engagement in the critical debates surrounding contemporary media. You will have the opportunity to analyse a variety of media texts, both global and historical media and to develop practical skills for media production to enable you to produce texts of your own.
Standard entry requirements
At AS Level students will study:
Media today Component 01 (written exam) 70 marks- This topic introduces students as to how media products are constructed, how to analyse these media products for the variety of representations contained within them and the ways in which diverse audiences can interpret these products. Through the study of this component, students will gain a deeper understanding of how meaning is constructed in products from all media forms.
There are 3 topics. In topic one you will compare audio visual media forms and print or online media forms. Topic two is a study of the changing ways British media audiences consume news and you will be studying British mainstream national newspapers and associated online products as examples. Topic three is a study of how television drama is developing long form storytelling and it explores the impact of online media on long form television drama.
Creating Media Component 02 (Non-exam assessment) 30 marks – Creating media is a non-exam assessment (NEA) component that gives students the opportunity to work independently, pursuing a particular interest and developing expertise that builds on areas of study from elsewhere in the course. You will create a single media product in response to a brief set by OCR and there will be two briefs to choose from, both of which will involve television advertising. You will be given approximately 20 hours of lesson time in which to complete the NEA.
At A Level students will study:
Media products – (Component 01) – introduces students to how media institutions construct different media products which contain a range of representations and the ways in which audiences interpret these media products. There are two topics of study. In topic one you will gain a deeper understanding of how meaning is constructed in
- Moving image media (national British television news)
- Print media (national British newspapers)
- Online products
Topic two allows students the opportunities to appraise their own media products created in the NEA.
Media in a Digital Age – (Component 02) – introduces students to the changing world of media, both domestically and globally, in the contemporary digital world. Through the study of this component, you will gain a deeper understanding of the history behind some of the changes that have taken place within media and how these changes have led to the evolution of changed media forms. You will consider the way in which new media products are produced, not just locally but on a global scale, and how these products are consumed by different audiences.
Making media – (Component 03) – Making media is a non-exam assessment (NEA) component that gives students the opportunity to work independently, pursuing a particular interest and developing expertise that builds on areas of study from elsewhere in the course. You will create a promotional campaign through a convergent cross-media production that consists of three linked media products in response to briefs set by OCR which will always be drawn from moving image, print and online media. You will have approximately 30 hours of lesson time in which to complete the NEA.
An open and creative mind is important as well as a willingness to learn. A variety of literacy skills are needed to fully explore and enjoy the range of media texts now in circulation. Increased access to digital media offers new and alternative technological opportunities for creativity and self-expression.
Component 01 Media today 70 marks 70% of total AS level
Component 02 Creating Media 30 marks 30% of total AS level
A Level Option
Component 01 Media Products 60 marks 30% of total A level
Component 02 Media in a digital age 80 marks 40% of total A level
Component 03 Making Media 60 marks 30% of total A level
Future Career Progression
Media Studies complements creative and analytical subjects such as English, History and ICT. Media Studies is ideal for careers in ICT, Graphic Design and the Film and Television industry.