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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Media Studies A Level KS5

What will students study in Media Studies this year?

In years 12 and 13 students will have nine periods of Media Studies a fortnight.

Year 12:

Students will be introduced to the analysis of media texts and practical skills.  They will complete units on advertising, music video, newspapers, radio, video games and film promotion, studying set texts that they will be examined on in their final A Level exams in Year 13.  They will learn how to use software to edit photos and construct print media texts, learn how to use online based website creation software and how to plan, film and edit video work.  They will produce a practice coursework project where they will have to create print, online and moving image production pieces.  They will start work researching and planning their final coursework project, working to briefs set by the exam board.

Year 13:

Students will study the following topics in Year 13 to prepare them for Paper 2 of their A Level Media Studies exam:

Additionally, students will produce their final production pieces for coursework and a significant period of time in the spring term will be devoted to revision and exam preparation.

What are the major assessments this year? 

Students will be assessed at the end of each unit of study, this will usually be half termly, although units do vary in length so some may be assessed after a term.  Students will also sit practice examinations in accordance with the whole school assessment calendar. 

What do assessments test? 

The majority of assessments will test students’ ability to analyse pieces of media (media texts) in extended pieces of writing.  Other assessments will test students’ factual knowledge of different media industries and familiarity with key terminology.  Students will also be assessed on their practical production work.

What are the expectations of my child in Media Studies?

To be enthusiastic and committed to an exciting and challenging subject, to approach the academic aspects of the course with an analytical and enquiring mind and to approach practical production work with organisation, creativity, an eye for detail and a willingness to adapt and improve.  Students will also need to take a proactive interest in contemporary media issues and the broader media world.

What should students do if they are struggling in Media Studies?

We want to encourage an open atmosphere within the department where students are happy to say if they feel they need help or guidance with Media work.  Students should speak to their Media teacher in the first instance and may be offered additional support after school if it is felt necessary. 

How can I best support my child in Media Studies?

Through encouraging them to engage with a range of media that preferably moves beyond the ways they normally accesses it – by regularly reading the online edition of a broadsheet newspaper for example, watching films or television dramas that stretch and challenge them, or listening to radio broadcasts or podcasts such as BBC Radio 4’s The Media Show that focuses on key issues and debates in the contemporary media.

Whom should I contact for further advice or information? 

Mr M Nott, Head of Department: