Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College
An Outstanding Catholic School

Media Studies


 

Welcome to the Media Studies Department

OCR Exam Board
Media Studies AS H140
Media Studies A2 H54

 

Staff  

Mrs C Paisley – Curriculum Leader

 

What the new syllabus has to offer.

  1. The recent Specification reflects the growing importance of Media Studies as a subject and allows students to engage with current and exciting contemporary media.
  2. The course has been designed in consultation with industry media experts, allowing for progression into this field of work if desired. However, the variety of both hands on skills and academic skills a student would acquire on the course, is incredibly valuable and useful to a variety of subjects at University.
  3. The course offers a mixture of theoretical and practical work, with each holding equal value; students alsohave an opportunity to choose topics of interest with an element of flexibility.
  4. Over 2 years, there are 4 units (rather than previous 6). In both AS and A2, there is 50% value on practical coursework and 50% theoretical exam. The coursework allows for a much more in-depth portfolio of work to be created covering a more widespread selection of media working together.

 

AS Media Studies

Mandatory/Optional?

Unit title and description

Assessment method and weighting

Mandatory

G321: Foundation Portfolio in Media

Candidates prepare a set video task including a preliminary exercise and 2 minute film opening sequence (topic choice is flexible). All research and planning work will be logged on an online blog

Coursework
AS Level 50%
A Level 25%

Mandatory

G322: Key Media Concepts
(TV Drama)

Candidates gain an understanding of textual analysis (deconstructing meaning from a video extract), representation, and the study of institutions and audiences(based around the film industry)

2 hour exam
AS Level 50%
A Level 25%

 

 

A2 Media Studies

Mandatory/Optional?

Unit title and Description

Assessment Method and Weighting

Mandatory

G324: Advanced Portfolio in Media

Candidates further their engagement with contemporary media technologies to deepen their practical skills to produce an advanced portfolio which is also a video task (different from the task at AS)

 

Coursework
A Level 25%

Mandatory

G325: Critical Perspectives

Candidates cover Theoretical Evaluation of Production alongside a study of current and exciting contemporary media issues. These issues encourage debate over topics such as ‘Postmodernism’, which students will explore through a variety of very current case studies

 

2 Hour Exam
A Level 25%