Who is this course for?

Today we’re surrounded by media wherever we look. There’s the internet, TV, film, radio, magazines, newspapers … Believe it or not, that Snapchat you sent last week? That was sent from an app created by a person who was once a media studies student. We engage in media products every day, often without realising how or why they were produced. But as a media student, you will start to question the world around you and the media’s role in society. You will learn how to become a producer rather than a consumer. And who knows, maybe one day you will design the app that all the kids go crazy for?

What does studying Media involve?

Media studies involves investigating the 9 media forms; TV, Film, Music Videos, Newspapers, Magazines, Advertising, Online Media, Radio and Video Games. Over the course of two years you will learn how to apply the theoretical framework of media (language, representation, audience, institution & context) to a range of seen and unseen products. You will learn to become a critical thinker by deconstructing these products and analysing the messages that are communicated both on a conscious and subconscious level. As well as this, you will also learn the practical skills necessary for becoming an active media producer. We have a well-equipped department that enables our students to work on a variety of creative projects and we use the Adobe Suite to teach you skills in print media production.

Course Overview

TV & Promoting the Media (35% of overall GCSE)

Section A: Television

Learners will engage with one in-depth study covering contemporary and historic television products, responding to questions covering the whole of the theoretical framework and a range of media contexts.

  • Cuffs
  • The Avengers

Section B: Promoting Media

Learners will study media products from the same global conglomerate producer illustrating the media forms of film, advertising and marketing, and video games.

  • Lego Movie and Game

Music & News (35% of overall GCSE)

Section A: Music

Learners will engage with one in-depth study covering magazines. Learners will also engage with music videos and radio. Learners will respond to questions covering the whole of the theoretical framework.

  • Mojo Magazine
  • Radio 1 Live Lounge
  • Two music videos

Section B: The News

Learners will engage with one in-depth study covering online, social and participatory media. Learners will also engage with newspapers. Learners will respond to questions covering the whole of the theoretical framework and a range of media contexts.

  • The Observer

Making Media (30% of overall GCSE)

Learners will create media products through applying knowledge and understanding of media language and media representations from the theoretical framework to express and communicate meaning to an intended audience.

Assessment

70% Examination, 30% Coursework.

What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

Engage with media across all platforms including Netflix, radio, music videos, newspapers, social media and advertising. Assess products with a critical eye thinking about what and why institutions producing texts will have made those choices, and how it creates meaning. Have a genuine interest in the impacts media has on society and the consequences of the digital age.

Revision Books

My Revision Notes: OCR GCSE (9–1) Media Studies

Who is this course for?

This contemporary, theoretical and creative course has been designed to allow learners to study the media in an academic context focusing on cultural, social, historical, political and non-English areas within the media industry.

Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge and understanding gained to the creation of their own media production. (Working in print with online supporting websites).

This element of the course is supported by a dedicated PC’s and industrial standard media software.

Media Studies is designed to widen the intellectual horizons of the learner through the analysis of a wide range of media forms and contexts. It will enable students to develop a wider theoretical understanding and appreciation of the media across a range of forms.

What does studying Media involve?

Media studies involves investigating the 9 media forms; TV, Film, Music Videos, Newspapers, Magazines, Advertising, Online Media, Radio and Video Games. Over the course of two years you will learn how to apply the theoretical framework of media (language, representation, audience, institution & context) to a range of seen and unseen products. You will learn to become a critical thinker by deconstructing these products and analysing the messages that are communicated both on a conscious and subconscious level. As well as this, you will also learn the practical skills necessary for becoming an active media producer. We have a well equipped department that enables our students to work on a variety of creative projects and we use the Adobe Suite to teach you skills in print media production.

Course Overview

Media Messages (35% of overall A level)

Section A: News (in depth news study)

Newspaper texts studied:

2 covers of the ‘Daily Mail’ and two covers of ‘The Guardian’ (focusing on language and representation)

Plus

  • One complete edition of the ‘Daily Mail’ and one complete edition of ‘The Guardian’ (focusing on industries and audiences)
  • Online and participatory media: Mail Online website looking at 2 articles, The Guardian website looking at 2 articles (plus Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds)
  • Contemporary news in the UK how and why newspapers and their online counter parts are evolving as media products
  • Relationship between online and offline news

Section B: Media Language and Representations

Students will explore media language and representation across 3 forms to understand social, cultural and political contexts and how media producers create meaning. Looking at the following texts

  • Magazines ‘The Big Issue’ 2x front covers
  • Advertising and marketing ‘Old Spice aftershave’ ‘Lucozade soft drink’ ‘Shelter UK charity’
  • Music videos: List A: Corinne Bailey Rae, Massive Attack, Emile Sande. List B: Fatboy Slim, Radiohead, David Guetta

Evolving Media (35% of overall A level)

Section A: Media Industries and Audiences

Students will explore media industries and audiences looking at how and why media products are constructed across forms to address audiences. Looking at:

  • Radio (BBC Radio 1)
  • Video games (Minecraft)
  • Film (The Jungle Book)

Section B: Long Form TV Drama

Students will conduct one in depth study of TV as an evolving global media form looking at one full episode of a contemporary English language long form TV drama and a non-English long form TV drama. And be able to apply theoretical concepts to choices made within the episodes.

  • English: Stranger Things (season 1, episode 1, July 2016) BBFC 12
  • Non-English: Deutschland 83 (Season 1, episode 5, August 2015) Channel 4

Making Media (30% of overall A level)

Create a cross media product and a 500-word statement of intent

  • Moving image (TV/Music video) 3 minutes long
  • Magazines

Assessment

70% Examination, 30% Coursework.

What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

Engage with media across all platforms including Netflix, radio, music videos, newspapers, social media and advertising. Assess products with a critical eye thinking about what and why institutions producing texts will have made those choices, and how it creates meaning. Have a genuine interest in the impacts media has on society and the consequences of the digital age.

Revision Books

My Revision Notes: OCR A Level Media Studies OCR A Level Media Studies Student Guide 1: Media Messages

 

OCR A Level Media Studies Student Guide 2: Evolving Media (OCR a Level Student Guide 2)