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Media Studies

OCR A Level Media Studies













The Computer Science and Media Studies Department are thrilled to announce the adoption of the OCR A Level Media Studies (H409) for the upcoming academic year at our school. This specification is meticulously designed to engage and challenge students, fostering critical thinking and analytical skills in the dynamic realm of media.

Key Features:

1. Broad Coverage: The OCR A Level Media Studies curriculum encompasses a wide range of media forms, including broadcast, digital, and social media. This breadth allows students to explore and analyse the media that saturates our contemporary society.
2. Theoretical Frameworks: The specification integrates key theoretical frameworks, such as semiotics, narrative theory, and audience reception, providing students with a solid foundation for understanding the deeper structures and meanings embedded in media texts.
3. Practical Application: Students will have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge through practical production work. This includes creating their media products, allowing them to develop essential skills in media production, from planning to execution.
4. Critical Perspectives: A central focus of the course is encouraging students to develop a critical perspective on media issues, fostering an awareness of the socio-cultural, political, and economic influences that shape media production and consumption.
5. Textual Analysis: The specification places a strong emphasis on developing advanced skills in textual analysis.
Students will explore media texts in depth, honing their ability to deconstruct and interpret complex messages across different media platforms.
6. Independent Research: A key component of the course is an independent research project, where students have the opportunity to explore a media topic of personal interest. This not only develops research skills but also encourages a passion for media studies.
7. Assessment Structure: The assessment structure includes a combination of exams and non-exam assessments. This holistic approach ensures that students are evaluated on both their theoretical understanding and practical application of media concepts.

Components Breakdown:

1. Component 01: Media Messages (Examination)
• Focuses on the study of media language, representation, and media industries.
• Examines a range of media forms, including News, magazines, advertising and marketing, music videos and online media.

2. Component 02: Evolving Media (Examination)
• Explores the evolution of media forms and platforms over time and the impact of technological developments on media production, distribution, and consumption.
• Examines a range of media forms, including radio, video games, film, and television.

3. Component 03: Media Production (Non-exam Assessment)
• Involves creating a cross-media production piece.
• Allows students to apply theoretical concepts to their practical work.

Benefits for Students:

• Real-world Relevance: The OCR A Level Media Studies equips students with skills directly applicable to the media
industry, preparing them for careers in journalism, filmmaking, advertising,
and more.
• Critical Thinking: Through the study of media texts and theories, students will enhance their critical thinking abilities, enabling them to analyze and evaluate information in a nuanced and informed manner.
• Digital Literacy: In an increasingly digital world, the course addresses the importance of digital literacy, ensuring that students are well-equipped to navigate and contribute meaningfully to the media landscape.

In adopting the OCR A Level Media Studies (H405), our department aims to inspire a new generation of media scholars and practitioners, fostering a deep understanding of the role and impact of media in contemporary society.

We look forward to the exciting educational journey this specification will offer to our students, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of the dynamic media landscape.

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