Media and Film Studies

Key Stage 5

Media Studies

Media Studies is a stimulating, creative subject that helps students to develop skills and attitudes that are valuable for employment in any career. Through its study, students develop analytical, research and practical production skills and this course offers an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers in media industries such as advertising, journalism, graphic design, film, television and radio production, marketing and promotion or for those who wish to pursue further study. This course offers students a unique insight into the mass media, developing a critical understanding of media products, industries and audiences across the worlds of print, radio, TV, film and new digital technologies.

Modules:

  • AS MS1 Media Representations and Responses
    Three compulsory questions, including one question on unseen audio-visual or print-based material (interactive media will be presented as print-based) (40, 30 & 30).
  • AS MS2 Media Production Processes
    Media Production Processes
    Three components: one pre-production (20); one production which develops from the pre-production (40); and one report on the production process (40)
    (Group work permitted for audio-visual productions only.)
  • A2 MS3 Media Investigation and Production
    Three components: a written investigation into media text(s) based on one or more of the key media concepts – genre, narrative and/or representation (45); a media production (45); and an evaluation of how the production is informed by the investigative research (10).
  • A2 MS4 Media Text: Industry and Audience
    Three questions (30 marks per question).
    Section A: one question from a choice of two. Section B: two questions from a choice of four. Candidates must answer each question on a different media industry.

Assessment is 50% Exam and 50% Coursework

Career Pathways

Possible careers pathways are, extremely flexible. Contrary certain views media has been extremely successful in getting a very high percentage of our students into excellent universities. Our high pass rate rewards students with sufficient UCAS points to enter almost any discipline. Previous students have gone on to study careers ranging from law, architecture, accountancy, medicine, media studies, advertising, journalism, marketing and estate management to mention just a few.

Film Studies

Film was the major art form of the twentieth century and it is a cultural form that is still of great significance at the beginning of the new millennium. Students will gain a deeper understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film:

  • the ‘language’ of film and the process of ‘reading’ a film (rather than just being a passive ‘watcher’)
  • the film industry as producers and audiences as consumers
  • the messages, values and representations made in film, particularly in British and American cinema
  • world cinema and its cultural diversity
  • significant directors, producers and their films

Modules:

  • AS FM1 – Exploring Film Form
    One analysis of how the micro aspects of a chosen extract from a film of candidate’s choice produce meanings and responses (1500 words)
    One creative project based on a film sequence or short film
  • AS FM2 – British and American Film
    Three questions, one from each section:
    Section A: Response to stimulus material set by Exam Board on producers and audiences of film (40)
    Section B: Topics in British Film (40)
    Section C: US Film – Comparative study of two films (40)
  • A2 FM3 Film-Research and Creative Projects
    A small-scale research project (40) & creative project (60 – 45 product/15 reflective analysis)
  • A2 FM4 – Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates
    Three questions, one from each section:
    Section A: World Cinema topics (35)
    Section B: Spectatorship topics (35)
    Section C: Single Film – Critical Study (30)

Assessment is 50% Exam and 50% Coursework

Career Pathways

Film Studies offers valuable transferable academic skills which can be used to gain access to a wide range of other subject courses at degree level. Possible careers pathways are, extremely flexible. Contrary to certain views film studies has been an extremely successful way for our students to gain access into excellent universities. High grades gained in this subject rewards students with sufficient UCAS points to enter almost any discipline. Previous students have gone on to study careers ranging from law, architecture, accountancy, medicine, media studies, advertising, journalism, marketing and estate management to mention just a few.