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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 in the Sixth Form

A Level Media Studies

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

The most important qualities you need to take this course are a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in the media, a willingness to explore new ideas and to communicate effectively. It is necessary to have at least a grade 5  in GCSE English Language as well as 5 grade 5s in total.

What will I learn on this course?

Media Studies offers you the opportunity to combine an analysis of the mass media in society with the development of practical skills for media production.  The balance of theory and practical work means that you will learn about how media industries operate and are affected by changes in technology, research and debate the role of media in society, analyse both print and film texts and produce print and film based practical work.

What kind of student is this course suitable for?

You will need a genuine interest in popular culture. For most people, the media is a source of entertainment and pleasure, but the media student learns to look beyond a superficial response to media texts and consider a broad range of issues and ideas relating not only to the text itself, but also to its production and consumption. A willingness to engage in group work and debate is important to develop analytical skills and confidence. Teamwork is particularly important for film production which demands commitment, flexibility and reliability.  You must also be aware of the academic demands of the course, the majority of the work you will be assessed on will be in the form of essays

What is the course content and how is it assessed?

  • You will study films from a range of film movements and study world cinema alongside the British and American film industries.
  • You will study films and film movements from the earliest days of cinema to the present day.
  • 70% of your final grade will be based on your performance in examinations at the end of Year 13.
  • 30% of your final grade is from a coursework project which will involve you planning and making a short film.
  • You will study a range of different areas of the media including advertising, newspapers, music video, magazines, television, film promotion, video games  and online media amongst others.
  • 70% of your final  grade will be based on your  performance in examinations at the end of Year 13.
  • 30% of your final grade is from a coursework project which will involve you  creating a number practical production pieces according to a brief set by the exam board.
  • Students will be required to study historical media texts alongside the contemporary media industry and contemporary media issues.
  • Over their two year course students will have to study nine different areas of the media industry, these are: Television; film;  radio; newspapers; magazines; advertising and marketing; online, social and participatory media; video games; music videos.

What could I go on to do at the end of my course?

You can progress to a film or media related degree course or vocational training. Film Studies also provides you with a very broad range of transferable skills, both creative and academic, that would be of use in any number of career or higher education choices.  Many of our past students have gone on to degree courses in Film and Media and into jobs in the media, television or film industries.