THE RETURN OF A-LEVEL MEDIA

Here we are! Embarking on the second round of our A-Level Media Studies but, what will us students be doing for the next year? First of all, one must understand AS and A2 both count for 50% of our final grades therefore they are both worth an equal amount.

A2 is a combination of coursework (60%) and exams (40%)much like AS. As groups or individuals we can choose between two options. The first is to make a short film that lasts around five minutes and also a film poster and film magazine review page. On the other hand the other option is to create a film trailer along with a film magazine front cover and a poster. The coursework consists of 100 marks and 60 of those are included in the main exercise detailed above. The other 40 are split into 2 parts, worth an equal amount, and they are our blog, consisting of research and planning, production process, and media interests, and our evaluation. It was advised that our evaluation is answered in a creative and unique way to gain extra marks. I thought about doing some sort of narration or interview-like video. Using our blog, one must addresses the following four questions:

  • In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • How effective is the combination of your main product and ancillary texts?
  • What have you learned from your audience feedback?
  • How did you use media technologies in the construction and research, planning and evaluation stages?

Now for the exam. ‘Critical Perspectives’ is collectively worth 100 marks, 2 hours long, and is split into two parts; A and B.

A: Theoretical Evaluation of Production (50 marks)

We have to answer two questions relating to your production work, from Foundation Portfolio to Advanced Portfolio.

The current wording of the questions is:

In question (a) you need to write about your work for the Foundation Portfolio and Advanced Portfolio units and you may refer to other media production work you have undertaken.

(a) Explain how your skills in the creative use of [something] developed over time. Refer to a range of examples from your media productions in your answer. (25 marks)

I feel confident with this question as I think I’ve developed a lot of things concerning producing media.

In question (b) you must write about one of your media productions.

(b) Apply the concept of [something] to one of your coursework productions.(25 marks)

I also like the sound of part (b) since talking about one of my productions and a concept in it is something I enjoy and feel happy to do. However, the next half of the exam is the slightly more worrying part in my opinion.

Part B concerns ‘Contemporary Media Issues’ (50 marks) and during the exam one must answer a question about ONE of the six topics.

  • Contemporary Media Regulation
  • Global Media
  • Media and Collective Identity
  • Media in the Online Age
  • Post-modern Media
  • ‘We Media’ and Democracy
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