Media Studies

Introduction

These very successful courses aim to offer students the chance to combine creative work with an exploration of a broad range of film at A Level, BTEC Level 2 and 3.


KS4

Cambridge Technical Diploma in
Media (Level 2)
This course offers students the chance to develop their creative, media and ICT skills; to create media products; to learn about the industries that produce them and to explore contemporary professional practice. It is a full-time one-year course.

The course is intended to provide progression to A-Levels such as the (applied) level 3 course in Media; Communications and Production/BTec or Cambridge Technical Diploma. It will give you extensive experience of video production and DTP work.

The qualification comprises of seven units. These are;

Unit 2.01 – Introducing Media Products and Audiences
Unit 2.10 – Audio-Visual Media Skills
Unit 2.12 – Print Media Skills
Unit 2.13 – Planning and Producing a Media Product
Unit 2.15 – Audio-Visual Advertising Media
Unit 2.31 – Photography for Media Products
Unit 2.32 – Graphic Design for Media Products

Entry requirements; Grade D in a minimum of five GCSE subjects
Grade D in English or Maths required for retakes

Assessment is entirely coursework based – with students awarded a PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION. Students must pass every unit to gain an overall PASS. They must achieve a merit in a minimum of four units in order to achieve a MERIT overall.

This course is accredited by OfQual and is the equivalent to four GCSEs.

Career Options

Although no media course can offer the promise of entry into the media industries, a Cambridge Technical Diploma does provide a route into further education. It should be noted that only highly motivated and capable students are likely to secure jobs in the media industries in a creative capacity, and that further qualifications, such as A-Levels or other level 3 courses will open up progression into higher education and/or a career. Many students who achieve this qualification successfully progress to A-levels and other level three courses.


KS5

A Level

Varieties of Film and Filmmaking
Component 1 (written examination 21/2 hours – 35% of qualification)

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of six feature length films. The exam will be in three sections; Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study); American film since 2005 (two-film study);
British film since 1995 (two-film study).

Global Filmmaking Perspectives
Component 2 (written examination 21/2 hours – 35% of qualification)

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature length films (or their equivalent). The exam will be in four sections; Global film (two-film study); Documentary Film; Film movements—silent cinema and Film movements—experimental film (1960-2000)

Research and Creative Projects
Component 3 (centre-assessed coursework – 30% of overall marks)

This component assesses one production and its evaluative analysis. The production is either a short film (4-5 mins) or a screenplay for a short film plus a digitally photographed storyboard section.

Entry requirements;

Grade B in English Language or literature GCSE

Progression

This course is particularly suited to those wishing to pursue a career in journalism and the creative industries or those intending to progress to Higher Education. It combines well with other arts and media or humanities A-Levels and will complement vocational courses. Both AS and A2 involve practical filmmaking elements and opportunities appropriate


BTEC National Extended Certificate in
Creative Digital Media Production
(Level 3)

This qualification offers students an experience of vocational learning related to the creative industries of Film/broadcasting and the media.

Entry Requirements:
Five GCSEs Grade C and above. Grade B in English language or related practical discipline.

This course offers the equivalent to a single A-Level in Media. It comprises of two units studied in the first year and two in the second.

The emphasis in this BTEC style course is on practical production, research and skills development within a vocational context. Four units must be taken in order to achieve the equivalent of one A-LEVEL.

Course Content

Unit 01 Media Representation

This unit is an introduction to the core concepts of understanding media texts. It involves the study of and research into the codes and conventions of media texts and involves detailed exploration of theories of media representation; textual meaning, audience decoding and media effects.

Unit 4 Pre-Production Portfolio

This unit focuses on the requirements of planning and delivering a digital media product; carrying out essential pre-production tasks and creating a pre-production portfolio.

Unit 8 Responding to a Commission

This unit considers the commissioning process and how media producers respond to clients by generating ideas using a range of skills.

Unit 10 Film Production—fiction

This unit will focus on the process of producing a short narrative film or extract that uses generic conventions.

Assessment

Units are assessed either as coursework (units 4 and 10) or through an externally set brief (unit 8) or exam (unit 1). Candidates assemble portfolios of their work to provide evidence for assessment.

Progression

This course is particularly suited to those wishing to pursue a career in the creative industries as well as those intending to progress to Higher Education; in courses such as the level 4 BTEC Higher National Certificate or Diploma in Media. This course would combine well with other arts and media or humanities A-Levels and will also complement more academic/theoretical courses. It can also be taken alongside a Film Studies A-Level. Experience of portfolio building is particularly useful for students wishing to follow a creative or production route into the art or media industries.