AS Media Studies - Yr 12: Foundations
What lies ahead?
Different exam boards have different course content. The page is being developed with the help of Media teachers up and down the UK, so you will soon be able to find content linked to specific specs. This site is primarily for OCR content but there is sometimes a crossover and the new specifications do require key areas and industry are covered.
There will be a coursework component and a written exam. Please visit the tabs for more specific information regarding AS, A2 and Coursework (NEA).
An A Level in Media Studies will give you a deeper insight into how the media works in the UK and around the world. You will understand the processes involved in exchanging information, and how the entertainment industry is structured. This includes the film industry, music industry, video games industry, print industry and new media (web 2.0).
If you're contemplating a career in the media, or are simply interested in any of the above media sectors, you should find this course stimulating and enjoyable. It also compliments many of the core subjects you may study at A-level, offering you analytical and productions skills you will find nowhere else.
You'll write various essays requiring skills of analysis, interpretation and debate. You will be able to comment on topics like globalization of the media, democracy in the online age, advertising, media regulation and the impact of social networking sites on traditional media platforms.
The coursework component of the A level will allow you to produce media texts in print, radio, film, video games or web design depending on the resources of your chosen school/college and expertise of the media practitioners. Hopefully you'll become competent in a few.
The course gives students a wide array of skills to prepare you for taking a university Degree in subjects including Media Studies, Journalism, Design, Marketing and other business or creative subjects. All industries rely heavily upon the media to support their business interests, whether it be a social media page, full blown website or weekly publication/blog to all their staff or clients. Existing without some kind of media presence is unheard of.