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 AS course the following weighting applies: Modular coursework = 50%
Modular written exams = 50%
All students will complete an 8 week 'foundation period' to introduce them to the key concepts of Media Studies, and will learn critical and analytical techniques, using film and television texts as their focus of study. This will underpin the work they do as both AS and A2 level.
The Foundation period will provide excellent preparation for the assessed units, which are as follows:
Unit 1 G321: Foundation Portfolio in Media (worth 50% of marks available at AS) The foundation Portfolio is a coursework Unit, consisting of 2 video productions and an online blog. The first video piece will be a short sequence produced to demonstrate basic technical ability and understanding of continuity technique. The second is a fully developed production produced to demonstrate skill development, consisting of the first 2 minutes of a fiction film, based on an original idea developed by the students. The students will work in groups but will be assessed individually on their work in the following stages:
Pre-production: research, planning, development of ideas, scripting, storyboarding
Production: shooting, lighting, working with sets, actors and scripts
Post-production: editing, special and sound effects, music
Evidence for the different stages will be presented via an online blog. Students will be expected to evaluate the finished film production according to specific theoretical criteria and this will be presented through the blog.
Assessment: Marking is out of 100 (20 marks for research + planning, 60 marks for practical work, 20 marks for the evaluation).
Unit2 G322: Key Media Concepts (worth 50% of marks available at AS)
This is an externally examined unit, assessed by a 2 hour exam taken in June. The exam is broken down into 2 key areas, as follows:
Section A: The focus of this section is the textual analysis of a 5 minute television sequence. Students will be shown an unseen extract from a UK TV Drama as part of the exam, and will be required to write an analytical essay about the extract focusing on the representation of a particular social group (gender, ethnicity, social class, age etc) and the way this is constructed through the setting, camera work, editing style and sound.
Section B: This section focuses on the relationship between media audiences and media industries through a case study of a particular media institution. Our chosen focus will be the British Film Industry, and we will look particularly at the way films are produced, distributed, marketed and consumed and how this has changed and developed in line with the digital and online age. Students will be required to write an exam essay about their specific case study.
Assessment: This exam will be marked out of 100, with each section being worth 50% of the marks available.
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!
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 law, computing, politics and many areas of industry and business.