A wide variety, including group work, simulation/ role play, practical activities, self-assessments, student presentations, individual tutorials, debates, lectures. Professionals from the industry are regularly invited in to deliver workshops and to support production work. ‘Active, investigative learning’ is what Media Studies is all about!
A variety, including those relating to analysis, critical theory and academic research. Also the technical and creative skills needed to work in video and TV production, lighting and sound, digital photography, Desktop Publishing and with non-linear editing soft/hardware. Finally, you will be offered opportunities and challenges to encourage you to further develop the transferable key life skills of communication, team building and personal organisation.
The OCR specification itself is based on recent consultation with industry experts, and throughout our own course at Latymer, students will have opportunities to work alongside media professionals to create further challenge and extend their learning.
All units are compulsory, but there is plenty of individual, creative choice within the set tasks and topic areas.
At AS students, will take two units; one of which is coursework based and worth 50% of the AS marks. Projects are designed to enable creativity and flexibility. Students will also sit one externally assessed exam in June, making up the other 50% of the AS marks. These units represent 50% of the total A level.
Students taking Media Studies at Latymer will be offered the opportunity to spend a week in Los Angeles to experience the Hollywood Film and Television Industry for themselves. This is an exciting trip that will bring to life the work they have done in the classroom. It is not a compulsory part of the course, but an optional extra for consideration.
Each teaching group is taught by 2 teachers for 7 periods a fortnight per teacher.
The same as the standard requirements for entry into the sixth form at Latymer. It would be helpful if you have studied Media Studies at GCSE level, but it is not mandatory.
Through a modular system of coursework and exams. For the A2 course the following weighting applies:
Modular coursework = 50%
Modular written exams = 50%
Unit 3 G324: Advanced Portfolio in Media (worth 50% of the marks available at A2) This coursework unit is based around Music Video and enables candidates to engage with contemporary media technologies to produce a media portfolio through a combination of two or more media and then present their research, planning and evaluation through an online blog. It also enables them to develop the skills of presentation that are required for further study at higher levels and in the work place.
Students will be required to work in groups to develop a promotional package for the release of a new album, to include a music promo video and two further artefacts from the following 3 options:
a website homepage for the band a digipak cover for its release on CD a magazine advertisement for the CD
Assessment: Marking is out of 100 (20 marks for research + planning, 60 marks for practical work, 20 marks for the evaluation). This unit represents a development of the skills from Unit One and is also internally assessed and externally moderated.
Unit 4: A2 G325: Critical Perspectives in Media (worth 50% of the marks available at A2) This is a 2 hour externally examined paper broken down into two sections, as follows:
Section A: Theoretical Evaluation of Production 1a In a short essay, students are required to explore key media concepts such as genre and narrative through an analysis of their own production work (worth 12.5%)
1b In a short essay, students are required to explore creative media practices such as the use of digital technology or post-production techniques through an analysis of the practices they used for their own production work (worth 12.5%)
Section B: Contemporary Media Issues Candidates will focus on the issue of Media Regulation for this section, and, through specific case studies, texts, debates and research of the candidate's choice, will prepare to demonstrate understanding of the issue. Students will have one hour to answer an essay on this topic from a choice of two questions. This essay is worth 25% of the marks available at A2.
Key areas of study are film censorship, and the regulation of the press. There will be emphasis on the historical, the contemporary and the future in relation to media regulation, with most attention on the present. Students will research and learn about the social, political, legal and cultural implications of media regulation and its inevitable impact on media institutions and audiences.
This modern and innovative course reflects the growing importance of Media Studies as a subject, allowing candidates to engage with contemporary media mixing theoretical and practical work, and offering areas of study and experiences that are extremely relevant to current and future employers in the creative industries and beyond.
Given that contemporary society is media-saturated, knowledge about the media will be useful, if not essential in many careers within the industry or in related fields. Journalism, Film and TV production, publishing, digital/ graphic design, web design, advertising, marketing and PR are all popular examples of the varied routes that Latymer Media students have taken into the industry, following on from their studies in Higher Education.
Many other students have found their Media Studies experiences invaluable when pursuing careers where there is an expectation of a high level of awareness and understanding of the role of the mass media in society, for example computing law, politics and many areas of industry and business.